Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you for bearing with us while we went through the votes, etc.
Welcome, everyone, to the committee and to meeting number 27 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. The committee is meeting today to hear from the Parliamentary Budget Officer regarding the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report on Canada’s military expenditure.
For the last 30 minutes of the meeting, we will go in camera to discuss committee business.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application. Regarding the speaking list, the committee clerk and I will do our best to maintain a consolidated order of speaking for all members participating virtually or in person. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all participants of this meeting that taking screenshots or photos of your screen is not permitted.
Given the ongoing pandemic situation, and in light of the recommendations of public health authorities and the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on October 19, 2021, the following is recommended to remain healthy and safe: As we're all aware, there is hand sanitizer at the front of the room when you come in. Please use that. Recognize that we have mechanisms to wipe down your mikes, seats and tables. You're asked to wear a mask when circulating around the room and maintaining a distance during that time. As the chair, I will be enforcing these measures for the duration of the meeting, and I thank members in advance for their co-operation.
I would like to welcome Mr. Giroux back to the committee.
It's good to see you again, sir. Thank you very much for agreeing to attend and bearing with us during this last hour's delay. You have five minutes to make an opening statement.