Thank you so much, Mr. Chair.
Thanks to all the witnesses. I have 10 minutes of questions for each one of you, so I don't have all the time I would like to have.
Mr. Smitherman, thank you for being here. You have a long history in politics. You have done an enormous service to Ontario and to our country, so thank you so much. Thanks for taking on this enormous role. You've been very clear in terms of your recommendations around the adjustments to the excise tax, the elimination of the health tax fee, and the regulated format for things like edibles, etc. Thank you for being clear. Bem-vindo to your board director. It's nice to have him here as well. I don't have any questions for you. I just wanted to say that your recommendations were clear.
Mr. Asselin, you are not a stranger to this committee. You have been here fairly frequently. We're always pleased to have you. Your messages have also been very clear on keeping spending to 2%, a comprehensive program review, a new fiscal anchor, the IAA clarity, and certainty and predictability. The thing that I'm slightly disappointed on—I'm going to shift over to Mr. Vronces, but I'm hoping to come back to you if I have time—is that I would love to have heard more suggestions from you on growing the economy.
As you know, I have spoken many times to Mr. Hyder about interprovincial trade barriers. This is a huge thing. If you think it's a huge thing, then you're never going to be able to tackle it, but there are ways to break it down and there are things that we can do. Having suggestions that are productive from the Canadian business council would actually be helpful to us.
The productivity levels in business investment—this is not a new thing. It didn't just happen overnight. It didn't happen over the last four years. Productivity is something we've been dealing with for 30 years. We have issues around the Competition Act. We know this. We know that we have productivity issues. We know that we have business investment issues. We know that our businesses are not investing in machinery. They're not investing in training. It is a problem.
It would be really helpful if you could actually come to us and say, “Here is how you can get businesses on track. Here is how you can provide some incentives to get more businesses to provide those types of investments.” That would be helpful to us. If we don't have time today, I'd be grateful if you could actually make that submission to our—