Good morning, everyone, and welcome. Thank you for your presentations.
There have been a lot of good conversations, and I'll get to one or two questions after I finish my little diatribe.
The consultative period did end October 2. I've heard some very substantive remarks from the participants here today, and I thank you for them. I know that in a lot of instances there are some unintended consequences as a result of the proposed consultative paper that was issued. I have met with a number of tax experts and spent half of Labour Day with one of them, so I understand it.
It is a consultative paper, and we are listening. That's what any government's duty is: to listen. I think our government has raised the bar on listening and consulting over the last two years, much higher than the prior government.
In my riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge there are about 13,000 businesses. I've heard from many of them. I understand full well what it takes to run an SME and to be successful, and the sacrifices that are undertaken by business owners to achieve success. That should be celebrated, and we should be proud of that.
Moving to Polytechnics Canada, your recommendation is to double, from $53 million to $106 million, over a number of years. Where would you see that benefit going?
I know for example that BCIT would fall under the umbrella of polytechnics. I am originally from British Columbia and I have family there, so I'm very familiar with BCIT and the trades.
Could you talk about where the benefit would go from that recommendation and how it would assist in closing what I would call a labour supply issue in terms of the skilled trades? The skilled trades are anything from being a mechanical engineer to a bricklayer. Could you just tackle that in 30 seconds, please?