Thank you, Chair, and thank you to the witnesses for their time this afternoon.
I want to begin with Mr. Yussuff, if I could.
Mr. Yussuff, thanks for your continued advocacy on behalf of Canadian workers. I'm speaking from London, Ontario, today. We have a thriving workforce here in many areas, with a traditional base in manufacturing, and I know that the workers really appreciate the work of the congress.
I wanted to ask you a question relating to an op-ed that you co-wrote in June of 2020. The fact that you wrote an op-ed is not the point here—you've written before—but you co-wrote the op-ed with Goldy Hyder. It's interesting because, as we know, Goldy Hyder is a key voice of Canadian business. He's the chief executive of the Business Council of Canada.
The title of the op-ed is “There is no economic recovery without adequate child care”. Here, we have the business community coming together with labour in a rare partnership to advocate for child care from many perspectives and making the case that it is an economic imperative for the country to move ahead with.
Yesterday's budget was historic for many reasons, but at the centre of it was child care. I wonder if you could speak to the importance of moving ahead with the government's vision on child care and how critical it is as we think about a post-COVID-19 Canada from an economic lens.