It's not a lot of time.
Thank you very much to the witnesses for being here.
It's great to see colleagues.
I wanted to talk a little bit about the economic impact. I know that with the original CUSMA we begged and pleaded to get these economic impact studies. The Prime Minister didn't make them available until after the deal was done. One of the disturbing things I saw in them was on page 61. It basically said that automotive would be taking a $1.5-billion hit compared to the old NAFTA.
Mr. Verheul, you said in your opening statement that it's so important that Canada maintain its ability to be “an attractive investment environment”. Two-thirds of our income comes from trade, and 3.5 million jobs come from trade. I'm really concerned about the uncertainty we have on the implementation of CUSMA and the effects of COVID on the supply chains.
I'm not an MP from Quebec, but I think everybody knows that the federal government sole-sourced and ordered two jets from Bombardier Aerospace recently. Immediately after CUSMA came into effect, Bombardier Recreational Products announced they'll be opening a brand new plant. But, Steve, it's not in Canada; it's in Mexico. They're investing $185 million and creating up to 1,000 jobs, but not in Canada, not in Quebec. It's in Mexico.
I was wondering what the Liberal government has done and what kinds of resources it has given you, as we move through this implementation, to make sure that the message gets out that Canada is an attractive place to do business. What have they done to decrease the uncertainty with these supply chains? With any new investment, manufacturers are going to be looking at how they're going to get these products back and forth across the border. What has the government asked you to do immediately, as CUSMA is coming into effect, to allow that to happen?