Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, witnesses.
On slide 5, I think it's quite a telling survey result that you've got: 78% of small and medium-sized businesses aren't sure the federal government has a vision to support them or entrepreneurship. Over the course of the summer, my colleague and I did several small business round tables across the country, and this is the exact result, anecdotally, that you've put data towards. This is exactly the uncertainty of the environment that they're in right now.
Let's talk about specifics, reducing the corporate tax rate to the promised 9%—the election promise by the current government to reduce it to 9% and it having backed away from that. How important is that? It's CFIB's number one. It's also mentioned, I think, by Mr. Kingston in his remarks, and we heard it yesterday from a number of the witnesses.
More specifically, how much is this standing in the way of growing jobs in this country? Small-business people are the primary employers, on the largest scale of any other group, by far. How much hindrance is this to hiring? If you can, even anecdotally, tell us how many jobs you think might have been lost because the business tax rate has not been reduced.