Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning. Welcome to you all.
I listened quite attentively to your presentations. It was very interesting to hear what you had to say, particularly in relation to the road map.
As you know, this is a fairly significant initiative for our government. It represents somewhere in excess of $1 billion, hence the length we are taking to study it. We believe, on the government side, that we need to meet with as many stakeholders as possible. Had we finished the study, we wouldn't have had an opportunity to meet you today and hear what you have to say. We're delighted that you're here and delighted to hear your comments.
I'd like to begin with the Quebec English School Boards Association, partially because I'm a little biased that way. I was born, schooled, and raised in Montreal. I'm a product of, I believe, one of your school boards, the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. I went to Van Horne school, Northmount high school, and Concordia University, and I had to live through the trials and tribulations of Bill 22 and Bill 101. Certainly in my professional career, on several occasions, I had to deal with l'Office québécois de la langue française, which was, I believe, a good initiative at the time. I don't know if they still do what they used to do.
Getting back to the road map, I heard you loud and clear that you'd like to see the road map continue. We're about 60% into it now. We're studying it midway because we want to see its impact. We want to hear what kind of impact it's had on you, the stakeholders, and on the community across the country.
What would you like to see in the next phase of the road map? This is assuming that we're going to renew it; we're hearing a lot of that from a lot of people who are coming here to testify before us. People would like to see it renewed.
So what would you like to see, and where would you focus your efforts in the next phase?