I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 59 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the committee is meeting to discuss Bill C-30, an act to amend the Income Tax Act.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
I'd like to make a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members.
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I'd now like to welcome before us the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
The minister is accompanied by officials from the Department of Finance. We have with us Nicholas Leswick, assistant deputy minister, and Lindsay Gwyer, director general, legislation, tax legislation division, tax policy branch. They are here by video conference, members, so if you are asking a question to one of the officials, you may want to look at the screens.
Also here is Pierre Leblanc, director general, personal income tax division, tax policy branch.
Minister, before your remarks, just on a personal note, I know how strong you have been in supporting Ukraine. We do have a number of Ukrainian—well, my wife is of Ukrainian descent, and I know Julie is also of Ukrainian heritage, and of course Yvan Baker is. I'm not sure about any other members. On behalf of all of our committee, I want to thank you for the great support that you have provided to Ukraine, and I think I speak for all of us here when I say that we are celebrating the gains that Ukraine has made in the last while. Thank you, Minister.
The floor is yours for your opening remarks.