Thank you, Chair.
As these things go, it's a pretty good audit. You know I'm a hard marker, and I tried to get something a little less than “pretty good”. However, all things considered, I think it is.
I have a couple of thoughts. First of all, this file had the benefit of being an absolute top priority for the new government, so it was getting a lot of attention. However, having been involved in the transition from one government to another, you don't have any systems in place. There are no mechanisms for any kind of routine or “We'll pick it up at this point with these people.”
The absence of that meant that an awful lot had to fall to the staff, to the public service, and I want to compliment them. You rose to the occasion. You were there to meet the need of an incoming government, regardless of the party, and you assisted them with a critically important, difficult, stressful file without a lot of political guidance.
I want to compliment you, Deputy, and all of your people, because you served us well. You did a good job. You really did.
I also want to give a shout-out to my former colleague Mr. McCallum, because my instincts tell me that along the way some pretty sophisticated political judgment needed to be made, again, without the usual processes and second and third looks, so compliments there.
I'm also mindful of Bob Rae, who liked to say, when he became premier, that becoming premier and learning how to do the job was like learning how to play the violin in public. He is a funny guy, and again, compliments there.
At the risk of being completely uncharacteristic, I want to add more compliments. I don't normally comment. They're supposed to do their job, and if they don't, I come down on them. However, this is really good. It's a great action plan. It looks like you went a step beyond, and I'm impressed. Usually at this point I say, “Having said that” and turn the artillery to something, but really I don't have much artillery.
I have a few questions, though.