Excellent. Thank you, Chair.
Thank you very much to everyone, all the witnesses who are here with us today. It is my first time on the finance committee. I had the pleasure, though, of sitting on our government operations committee, as well as our public accounts committee, and I can say with great certainty that, if we don't pay now, we will pay later.
That's what really brings me to the Canada infrastructure bank. It's something that I have been looking forward to hearing about. I wanted to validate and clarify a few things for my understanding. As I say, it's the first time I'm on the finance committee, but I had a chance to look at the Canada infrastructure provisions that we put forward and the $35 billion that the government intends to put into the infrastructure bank: in fact $15 billion from the already-announced infrastructure investments that we're making in public transit, green infrastructure, and social infrastructure; and the other $20 billion for assets. I think that's important to underline because that's important, I think, to Canadians to know that we're not just spending money: not only will the infrastructure serve Canadians on a day-to-day basis, but also Canadians will be part owners of these infrastructure projects.
I'll get back to the cost of capital and why it's so important to have this financing option available for the infrastructure needs that we have. Really the difference when we're looking at investing is that it's so important to have the proper allocation, isn't it? All of you are financial people, so you know what I'm talking about: cash for security, fixed income to have that regular payment stream coming in, and then, of course, equity to take advantage of growth situations. With the size of pension funds and the importance of the demographics that we have now—the demographic pyramid now is inverse—it's important to shift and have that steady stream of pension income coming in to meet pension payments.
I'd like to hear a little bit of Mr. Hindery's thoughts on that, and also Mr. Kingston's.