Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to add my voice to the acknowledgements of the incredible work being done by our public service to quickly and effectively deliver all of our COVID-19 economic response programs.
As everybody knows, all of these programs were designed to help people as quickly as possible and to make sure that no one was left behind. As my colleague Ms. Dzerowicz noted earlier, the Canada student service grant program is one of four such programs, and no one is disputing the fact that the public service is capable of delivering this program.
What we are saying is that, in these unprecedented times, we were looking to help students, charities and their clients during a pandemic and economic collapse, just to put that on the record.
My question is for Mr. Aylward.
There has been some concern that the public service may lack the connections to smaller local charities that WE Charity had. These connections appear to be a primary reason why WE Charity was chosen to deliver the programs. Can you respond to these concerns and comments on how the public service may work around these challenges, given the fact that many public servants are working from home?