Thank you very much.
Welcome to you, Minister, and of course, Ms. Campbell. Thank you for appearing before the committee, and for all your efforts in this regard.
I had to think, Minister, as you were saying that Ms. Campbell has promoted women throughout the legal profession, there were some exceptions, including me. For the record, I was very honoured to be her parliamentary secretary for about three and a half years, and to serve in cabinet with her. I've been very grateful for those promotions and that opportunity.
Ms. Campbell, I'm very pleased that you're here today. I, too, was going to say basically the same things that the chairman did, that your service to this country is continuing right up and to including this. I don't have to tell you how important this whole process is. We are grateful that you've taken time to do this.
I was very interested in the way you handled this. You answered one of the questions that I had, which was whether there were any personal interviews. You seemed to cut a good number there. You have 31 to 32 people, and you don't want to interview all of them. In many ways, that's unfair to them if they're not going to be on that short list. However, to have the 10 there, I think is an excellent idea, so you get that opportunity to see that interaction. I was pleased to hear that.
One of the interesting things as well that you said was that it's difficult in August sometimes to get something done. When I heard this was being done in August, I actually thought that was a good time because a lot of the courts don't sit in July and August. I thought you might be able to do it.
Is there a better time to do it, do you think? It will be up to the minister, of course, but what do you think? Is there a better time of year to do this—maybe in January?