Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank you for joining us today. I always appreciate your presentations. I know it was way back at the beginning of this Parliament that we received a very thorough orientation on the whole estimates process from you. It's good to be finishing up this study with you.
We've heard from many witnesses. As you rightly noted in your concluding remarks, we've been provided with a wide range of opinions and options on multiple issues, some of which are in complete conflict with one another.
I think a study like this allows us to really examine all of those options but also to test some of the assumptions we may be making. One of our earlier witnesses, Mr. Stilborn, stated that a major contributor to the dissatisfaction experienced by MPs was that discussions are “heavily dominated” by focusing on “unexamined assumptions”. I think this allows us to examine those assumptions.
As I stated earlier, I think it's helpful to be ending this study with your comments. You gave us some considerations for changes and asked us to consider whether or not any changes we look at making will help us to better fulfill our roles. You've also asked us to consider the reporting burden and implementation issues.
I want to turn to one of the things I've become aware of: the need to ensure that all committees and parliamentarians understand the estimates process as those of us who have had the opportunity to sit on this committee have come to understand it. I want to focus a little bit on training, and perhaps you might advise us on what kind of training could be provided to parliamentarians.
Also, on the second-last page of your deck, on improvements to the reporting of information, could you pick out a few of those things that, if implemented first, would help us? What would it take for you to go ahead and make some of these changes to make this information more user-friendly for us?