Thank you, Chair, and thank you, Mr. Verheul and Ms. Carriere.
I hear from my constituents in Mississauga East, and often they talk about NAFTA and mix that in with our economy. They're very optimistic. They're very positive about our job growth over the last two years. This last month we had almost 80,000 jobs created here in Canada. They like the way the economy is going and how unemployment is coming down. We're seeing the same types of numbers in the United States. Their economy is doing better, and unemployment has dropped significantly.
You're saying to do your homework before you come to the table. I want to thank you for the work you've done, the amount of work that was put together through your team, through the government, working together with the opposition, with everybody really in lockstep to be able to send a message down to the United States.
I was just googling “NAFTA” right now. CBS is talking about how the National Association for Business Economics is saying not to hurt NAFTA, to do no harm. It's talking about improving NAFTA with modernization. Three hours ago CNBC was talking about the benefits of NAFTA again, saying that the best way for the U.S. to deliver on putting America first is actually to put North America first.
Therefore, it's working. By having the teams go down to the United States and share the message, it's coming out. These are large news organizations that are putting out the right message. I'm sure it's filtering its way up to the President and the executive level.
I want to ask you about all the stakeholders. You had 900 meetings. How do you disseminate information to them as negotiations are ongoing and continue that loop of consultation? How do you do that through your team?