Twenty-five. Thank you, Minister.
I'm sure you appreciate what's at stake here. In addition to the process issues, which we're trying to get at to ensure that taxpayers' dollars were protected and there was a process in place, you are also the minister of the Treasury Board, now responsible for a very serious initiative within the government to cut down government spending. You're also the chief executive in the spending of over $250 billion.
This is a larger issue in addition to the G-8 legacy fund, so let's get to the brass tacks of this. You're suggesting—if I'm reading it correctly—that instead of 242 applications, you asked for mayors and communities to self-evaluate all the applications within and amongst themselves, and to arrive at, with surgical precision, 32 projects that would meet the criteria and also meet the budget envelope of $50 million.
Is that what you're suggesting--that with surgical precision, 25 organizations and communities, without any disputes or objections being raised amongst themselves, actually arrived at that number themselves?
The alternative, Minister, if there was no adjudication within and amongst themselves, was that the department, the Government of Canada, had a role to play, and there was some oversight or some assessment granted by government officials of those 242 applications.
It's either one or the other. Was it a self-evaluation process or was there some guidance given by the Government of Canada?