Thank you, Mr. Chair, and congratulations on your re-election.
Through you, Mr. Chairman, in 2008 the then industry minister, Mr. Prentice, indicated that Canada was under no obligation to buy this particular aircraft but that the industry would benefit significantly from it. In fact, he said there were tremendous advantages, and in fact preferential conditions and advantages reserved for JSF partners. Are you aware of what those preferential conditions are? Also, in the case of Ms. Bourque's company, I understand that you have an agreement with the government to serve as an official training service provider, but in fact you have absolutely no agreement on the F-35s at the present time.
So I want to know essentially what these preferred conditions are. I thought I heard from one or two of you that the concern is if we don't buy these aircraft, we won't have any ability to participate in any of the areas that the three of you have outlined.