Thank you. It's a good question.
First, budget 2008 allocated $174 million in project funding for the first five years of biometrics. Some of that is what we call a frozen allotment. As we roll out the program, the government wants to ensure that it is done in an efficient way, so that's why we've decided to phase in the introduction of biometrics. So we are actually spending $123 million over six years.
Once the legislative authority is in place and we've done all of the technical work, we anticipate that we will launch the biometric requirement for temporary resident visa applicants in June of 2013, starting in a couple of dozen initial countries that are assessed on whether they're higher-risk countries from a security and immigration integrity point of view.
I suppose an argument could be made that we should have spent a lot more to do global rollout all at once, but this is very expensive. Countries like Australia and the U.K. have taken the phased approach to work out the kinks in the system before going global, so I think there's an argument for that.
There's also an argument that maybe this whole policy framework, this whole biometrics thing, should have been rolled out ten years ago, post-9/11, when the United States, Australia, and other responsible democracies got more serious about immigration security screening. But for whatever reason, the decision was made not to move biometrics forward a decade ago.