I'd like to commence the meeting.
I want to extend to everyone a very warm welcome to today's meeting. Bienvenue à tous.
This meeting, colleagues, is called pursuant to Standing Order 108, chapter 7, “Acquisition of Leased Office Space”, in the May 2006 report of the Auditor General of Canada, referred to the committee on May 16, 2006.
We have before us two witnesses. From now until 12 o'clock we have the Honourable Alfonso Gagliano, former Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and from 12 to 1 we have the Honourable Ralph Goodale, who, at a later time, was also a former Minister of Public Works and Government Services.
I want to extend to you, Mr. Gagliano, a welcome to the committee. Can you hear me okay? Is the technology working?