The hearing this afternoon is what's commonly known as pre-budget consultations, pursuant to Standing Order 83.1, in advance of the 2017 budget.
I welcome the six witnesses with us in the first session this afternoon. As you've been informed, you have about five minutes. If you can hold it to five minutes, then we have plenty of time for questions. We have an hour and a half.
Starting, then, with the Business Council of Canada.
Mr. Kingston, welcome. The floor is yours.