My question, then, goes to what seems to be a lack of information. Several of my colleagues have been asking how this is going to happen and what the different ministries are going to be doing in terms of dealing with the freeze.
I'm hearing you say, fairly glowingly--actually, Ms. Hassard suggested somewhat the same in the report--that yes, you will be hiring people, and yes, you are going to be looking for renewal and hiring the best people and wanting to recruit. As a former business person, if I'm looking at a budget freeze, it's a bit inconsistent to talk glowingly about all the people we're going to continue to hire.
Have you been consulted, are you engaged in discussions now, and do you have a plan on how you're going to reconcile continuing to hire with an across-the-board departmental freeze next year for every department? If so, how is that jelling with what you're now saying, which continues to sound very rosy with your hiring and renewal plans?