I call this meeting to order.
Welcome, everyone, to meeting number 81 of the Standing Committee on International Trade.
I'm going to read through some of the things that many of us have heard many times over the last number of years.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the Standing Orders. Therefore, some people are here in person and some are on Zoom.
I will make a couple of comments for the benefit of the witnesses.
Please wait until I recognize you before speaking. When speaking, please try to speak clearly and slowly. With regard to those online, please mute yourselves when you are not speaking. All comments should be directed through the chair. If you wish to speak, please raise your hand and you will be recognized. For interpretation online, you have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of floor, English or French.
We have the same thing here, Ambassador, for you. There's an earpiece, and you can choose English or French translation—just so you're aware.
For the sake of our translators, I ask, please, that there be no yelling or loud noises into the microphone. Try not to speak with your earpiece close to the microphone, as I was almost doing there, because that can cause feedback.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, November 2, the committee is resuming its study of the subject matter of Bill C-57, an act to implement the 2023 free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine.
Today we have with us, from the Embassy of Ukraine, Her Excellency Yuliya Kovaliv, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada.
Welcome, Ambassador. We would like you to begin our committee today with some opening remarks. We usually give about five minutes, but I think you can take more time if you would like. The committee would be fine with that.