Thank you, Mr. Chair.
If everyone agrees, I will ask a few questions.
Mr. Newman, your testimony and the figures you have given us were enough to convince us that a universal pharmacare program is useful. It is missing from what the government is currently saying, and probably even what your MP is saying. What the government and the Minister of Finance are saying leads us to believe that, for the time being, there may be private interests behind that program, which is similar to putting a small band-aid on a large wound. Money is being lost in the economy because of that.
Do you have an opinion on the direction we are taking? The government has openly stated that it was considering an approach whereby only a few holes would be plugged in the system rather than reviewing the entire approach and finding savings that would benefit society as a whole.