Since we have a quorum, I will call this meeting to order.
This is meeting number 16 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. Today, we will only be meeting for one hour. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is our normal meeting time. Today, it will be a one-hour meeting, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. We have one witness, rather than three, as was originally scheduled. Our witness is Dr. Stephen Nagy from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
Colleagues, we will continue with our normal protocols. We will ask Dr. Nagy to make an opening five-minute statement. Following that, we will engage in questions from committee members. Because we got off to a bit of a late start, we will have five-minute questions in the opening round, four-minute questions in the secondary round and two-minute questions in the third and final round.
Dr. Nagy, I would ask you, if you are presenting in English, that you continue your complete statement in English, rather than alternating between the two official languages. That would help our technicians greatly.
Colleagues, the same thing when you're asking questions. If you are asking a question en français, continue in that language without alternating back and forth, just to assist our technicians.
With that, colleagues, I think we're ready to go.
Dr. Nagy, I will ask you to deliver your opening statement of five minutes or less. The floor is yours.