Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to our trade committee.
As everybody knows, we're dealing with Bill C-30 in clause-by-clause study today. Fortunately, it got through the House and everybody got to speak to it.
I welcome the officials.
It's good to see you and your team, Mr. Verheul. This is your baby, for a lot of you guys, and you did a lot of work.
Before I get started, Mr. Hoback, I'd like to pass on from the committee best wishes to your colleague Mr. Fast. I've heard that he has some health issues. Mr. Fast did a lot of work on this file in the many trips he made to Europe. Our thoughts are with him. If you could pass that on, I'd appreciate it.
Are there any questions from the committee before we get rolling here? Hopefully, we'll have a very productive next couple of hours, and then everybody can enjoy their evening Christmas party.
Without further ado, we're going to start this off. We have our trusted clerk with us—