Thank you, Minister Morneau, for appearing before the finance committee once again.
I truly appreciate the candour in your testimony and all the work that you and your family and our civil servants and the Department of Finance do for all Canadians, especially during this difficult time.
I have a few questions, so in the interest of time, I will ask them all and leave it with you, Minister, to formulate your response.
How many new programs have you and your department rolled out in the past 100 days or so?
What is the approximate value of these programs?
Roughly how many Canadians and Canadian businesses and non-profit organizations have these programs helped?
Does this compare to anything remotely similar to what we've done since the full mobilization of Canada's economy and society during the Second World War 80 years ago?
Would it also be fair to say that if we had not introduced these programs, there would be a lot of personal suffering and hardship?
Would it also be fair to say that our economy would be in a serious recession or depression if the government hadn't acted as quickly and decisively as it did?
Finally, as a financial person myself, I would say that our success rate has been remarkably high and that the risk-reward profile is extremely positive. The only way to achieve anything is to take risks. To avoid all risks of failure and making mistakes during as well would mean doing nothing and accepting all the personal hardships imposed on innocent Canadians that would result.
Do you agree with my comments?