I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 26 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(g), the committee is meeting today to undertake a follow-up study on “Report 9: Investing in Canada Plan” of the 2021 reports of the Auditor General of Canada.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and we have many witnesses joining us remotely using the Zoom application.
Pursuant to the directive of the Board of Internal Economy of March 10, 2022, all those attending the meeting in person must wear a mask, except for members when they are seated during parliamentary proceedings.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules for witnesses and members to follow.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are participating by video conference, click on the microphone to unmute yourself and please keep your microphone muted when you are not speaking.
For interpretation for those on Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of the floor, English or French. For those in the room, of course, you can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
I'll remind you that all comments should be addressed through the chair.
Members in the room who wish to speak must raise their hand. Members participating via Zoom must use the “raise hand” function. The committee clerk and I will do our best to maintain a consolidated order of speaking. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
In accordance with our routine motion, I'm informing the committee that all witnesses have completed the required connection test in advance of the meeting.
I'd now like to welcome our guests. I have a full screen in front of me. Thank you for joining us today. Thank you for your patience as we work through some of the technical issues.
From the Office of the Auditor General, we have Karen Hogan, Auditor General of Canada, and Gabriel Lombardi, director. From Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, we have Romy Bowers, president and chief executive officer, and Nadine Leblanc, senior vice president, policy. From the Department of Indigenous Services, we have Christiane Fox, deputy minister, joining us again, as well as Rory O'Connor, the director general. From Infrastructure Canada, we have Kelly Gillis, deputy minister; Gerard Peets, assistant deputy minister; and Sean Keenan, director general. From the Privy Council Office, we have Laurie Goldmann, director of operations; and from the Treasury Board Secretariat, Ritu Banerjee, executive director, results division, expenditure management sector.
I'm going to pose this to the committee. I know there have been some informal discussions. In the interest of time, is there agreement that we will hear from Ms. Hogan and Ms. Gillis—they will read their statements—and we will have the statements of Ms. Fox and Ms. Bowers taken as read and appended to the evidence for this committee hearing? This will save us 10 minutes.
Ms. Bowers, you have your hand up. Do you have something you'd like to state at this moment?