Thank you, Mr. Chair. My thanks to our guests for joining us today.
I find this interesting. I have just started looking at all the material and I have to confess that assimilating all this very complex information is more and more of a problem. Really, it should not be this complicated.
When I do my budget at home, it contains everyday expenses. For a country, there are always things to be paid, whatever the date on which the budget is presented.
I cannot get my head around some of the problems and, honestly, that bothers me a lot. How come we are deciding whether a budget has been effective a year and a half after the fact?
The study that was done is interesting, I find. Some countries have asked themselves whether they could find better solutions, and they have implemented them. All I hear now is that it would cost a lot, it would be complicated and it would slow the process down. But why don't we do it properly once and for all, so that we do not have to keep asking the same questions? We have been constantly wondering how to be more efficient for 30, 40, 50, or 100 years. Unfortunately, concrete steps are hardly ever taken.
If the government and everyone involved took some action, if they decided to make major changes, there would be costs. But, given the increased efficiency and the reduced annual costs, would the impact be positive? That is the question. If other countries in the world have done it and it gives them excellent annual budgeting, I do not see why it would be a problem for us. What resources would we need? Has any in-depth study on the matter really been done? Is it always kind of brought forward and then set aside because people see how complex it would be and they do not want to take any chances?