This shows that there is a double standard when it comes to consultation. In certain cases, some parties were consulted repeatedly, whereas others were not consulted at all. I hope that as for other aspects of Bill C-44, the government will be open to amendments to part 3.
My first question concerns beer, and is addressed to Mr. Harford. You mentioned the possibility that it may be unconstitutional to increase taxes year after year without the authorization of Parliament. In fact, Parliament's authorization is present today in Bill C-44, but it will not be there in the years to come.
Concerning that aspect of the proposal, do you have legal or constitutional advice you could provide to the committee?