Thank you very much.
First, I would like to thank the departments and agencies, as well as the Auditor General, for being here today at our committee, and in particular for the work they do on behalf of Canadians, to serve Canadians and to ensure that our country's borders are well protected.
The big win that I see coming out of the beyond the border initiative is what I heard underscored by one of the speakers today, that we are really working towards building and strengthening the co-operation between Canada and the U.S. It's incredibly important for us to continue to strengthen that co-operation, to build on the work that our two countries do, and to ensure that open communication is always there, that we are breaking down the walls through dialogue and through working together for our shared interest, be it mutual security or the economic benefit of working closely together.
In the Auditor General's report, we've talked about a number of areas that need improvement, and in light of what we've talked about today, I want to really underscore how I read the comments that were made by the Auditor General today. He said very clearly that we could not show how security has improved. That is not to say that security has not improved. The Auditor General said that there are no reliable performance indicators. That is not to say that there aren't some that are working and indicating performance.
I want to continue on what my colleague Ms. Shanahan referred to in terms of the cross-co-operation between the departments and agencies. I feel that there are consultative processes that are occurring and performance indicators that are being developed, and my big worry is that what is missing is a big-picture overall strategy. To me, those performance indicators are built upon the strategic goals of improving the way our businesses are able to work across borders, improving the flow of travellers across the 49th parallel.
My question is for the departments and agencies. Do you feel that you are left working in silos? Do you feel there is a better way? I know we are meeting with Treasury Board Secretariat folks in the coming weeks. Can you comment on the challenges you face with respect to that connectedness that needs to happen in order for all of us to ensure that those goals are met? I leave it open to anyone.