Let me follow up on what Mr. Weir was talking about in terms of the fair wage policy. I will give you a bit of background. It was originally in the PSPC mandate letter. We brought it up with Minister Foote about a year and a half ago. Her comment was that it will apply to all purchases, not just construction but all purchases.
At a subsequent meeting, we asked where she was with studying this and were told that it was another department. No, we said, it's in your mandate letter, and we heard, “Oh, I don't know.” At another meeting we heard, okay, it's with economic development. I'd like to know. Where are we with the fair wage policy? Will it indeed apply to every single purchase as former Minister Foote stated it would, such as purchasing airline tickets, paper clips, paper, everything? Where are we in the process?
I know that the mandate letter for the workplace development minister says that the minister is to work with PSPC and the President of the Treasury Board “to implement a modern Fair Wages Policy”. The mandate is there. I know you're working on it.
I'd like to know how far it's going, and I'd like a very clear answer on what it will encompass, because the government is among the largest individual purchasers in the entire country, and a lot of SMEs and a lot of companies rely on business with the government. This is going to be a huge change for them.
I'd like a real clear answer. What's the scope going to be? How far along are we? When are we going to see information? What are the costs going to be? Surely for something this massive Treasury Board and PSPC are on board already and looking at what the added costs are going to be.