Thank you, Marc-Olivier. Nicely done.
I'd like to say thank you very much to my nominator and the committee for the confidence they have shown in re-electing me the chair of the government operations committee. I'm very grateful and will try to aspire to the confidence you have shown in me.
I'm very grateful as well that we continue to have our wonderful clerk, Marc-Olivier. I think he is the finest clerk in the House of Commons...accompanied by Marlene.
We like our clerk best, Marlene. You can understand.
I'm very glad to see the continuity of our wonderful analysts, Tina Lise and Lindsay.
Welcome back to both of you, and thank you for the service to our committee in the last session and continuing into this one.
I'll also welcome the only change we have. We agreed that continuity on the committee is a good thing given the nature of the work we deal with, but we would like to welcome a new committee member, Costas Menegakis.
Welcome, and thank you very much for agreeing to sit on the government operations committee.
Having said that, I think it would be useful to talk a little bit about not necessarily future business but what we accomplished in the last session. We only have one new member, but we have a new briefing book circulating, put together by Tina Lise and the Library of Parliament, which reminds us, I guess, of the mandate of the committee and the possibilities of this committee as one of the major financial oversight committees in Parliament. I know quite a bit of effort went into this book, and I think it would be useful, if the committee wishes, sometime early on in this session to revisit this in some detail and talk about just what our mandate is and, again, the depth and the reach of the committee.
I hope we have time prior to jumping into a whole new study. I would be interested in revisiting the work we did in the last session, especially since—I believe by October 18—we can look forward to a government response to the report from our study on estimates. I think we structured our study in such a way or made sure that we submitted our report in such a way that we would get a response early into the fall session.
Let me just say I'm very proud of the work we did last fall. I think that particular study, the government operations review of estimates, is probably the most significant piece of work that went on in that session, as far as committee study goes, considering the importance of the subject matter and the influence it may have in subsequent parliaments. I'm very proud of the work the committee did and also the tone that we adopted in making up our minds to take on something of substance and to do a thorough and comprehensive job of it.
Future historians will stumble across that report, and when your grandchildren are sitting on your knee saying, “Grandad, what did you do to make Canada transparent and accountable and strong?”, you can point to that report with great pride, surely.