Thank you very much.
Chair, I think for the benefit of the people watching here, the very fact that we are here today in public accounts as one of the instruments of accountability in our government—and there are many—clearly illustrates the fact that government can collectively, despite our political posturing that takes place on a number of occasions.... Canadians should take comfort in the fact that we're here getting witnesses and testimony, and that we have a system that generally provides the best results for Canadians.
There are differences of opinion. Moving forward, the government has already announced a seven-point plan, freezing the acquisition, commissioning an independent review, establishing the secretariat—as you know—continuing to identify opportunities in the supply chain, providing annual reports to Parliament, etc.
The government has responded. Is this enough? Is this sufficient? The point is that lessons are learned every time we do business in this place and we hear testimony. This is why I think the duty and the responsibility of the public accounts committee is just that: accountability and oversight.
We thank you for being here today. I would certainly ask for your comments and/or your suggestions. The government has already taken a number of steps. Is there anything else you, with the benefit of hindsight, would suggest at this point that the government can do to adjust the process in future? This process was started back in the early 1990s, and we've taken it to the point we are at today. No dollar is significantly expended in acquisitions, but decisions have to be made going forward.
What would you suggest, so that we don't run into the situation of this happenstance again?