I think it is the responsibility of the department or the minister to come before committee. If it is this committee, then I would suggest an amendment be put forth by those across the way, with an appropriate time frame.
I don't believe we should be studying this in two years' time. We're working towards a piece of legislation that is going to have effects that we won't know. I agree that we need to have a time frame, but there has to be accountability within the department for reporting back. The biggest issue we have had and heard, whether it is this study or others, is that legislation gets passed, and then we don't hear whether it is working or not until it's too late. I believe it is incumbent on this committee, and outside this committee, on all of us as members of Parliament representing Canadians.... As Mr. Donnelly mentioned, it is truly about putting accountability on this. This is a program that will have far-reaching impacts.
I am in a landlocked area. Most of our colleagues across the way are in coastal communities. It will be their electors and stakeholders asking about the impact on how this is moving forward. They will be asking for answers. This is merely providing a tool for the minister to come before Parliament to say what is working and what isn't working. If it is a glowing report, then the opposition will not have much to say. What are you going to say when someone is saying that it's an overwhelming success? However, Canadians need to know. If we are moving down a path of some major challenges, I believe the government needs to be accountable.