Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, witnesses, for being here this morning.
I'll follow what he was going to say—delving into consultations, I believe.
But before that, Mr. Burney, in your presentation you laid out the facts and plans and expectations in a real manner to understand our course. The overall objective, you said, was to solidify and expand Canadian access to global markets, which of course gives opportunities to our businesses to create jobs back home here and make us all prosperous in this country. You talked about extensive consultations, about which I'm going to ask quick questions.
We have all seen that Canadian provinces and territories have played a wider role in the negotiations that we have either finalized or are currently on the way to doing. For example, on CETA all the provinces and territories were consulted, I would say, actively, and the parties participated in all of the negotiations in a very timely manner, I would say. They were basically part and parcel of the negotiations. Will the same kind of consultation process be adopted while we negotiate with Japan?