Mr. Chair, speaking to the subamendment, we're talking about over 50 witnesses. On the 48, we've been very cooperative with the opposition on this measure. We've tried to accommodate the requirements for more witnesses. We have boosted that number in a large way. We are offering.... The subamendment to their amendment speaks of eight additional meetings. That's 16 hours of witness testimony.
We talked earlier. There was some concern from the opposition that there wouldn't be enough time—and it was brought up again just now—to hear from witnesses because of the three per panel. Obviously, I addressed that earlier. I don't want to sound like I'm being repetitious. Stop me if I am, Mr. Chair, but this committee has always had three witnesses per panel.
We have the ability to limit the opening remarks. It doesn't have to be 10 minutes. It doesn't have to be seven. It doesn't even have to be five. Witnesses are free to provide their opening remarks in both official languages and then spend the time in committee answering questions.
What we're seeing right now is the opposition members, the NDP, who are fundamentally opposed to this bill, come out before they've heard from a single witness and indicate that they are going to vote against it, which we saw in the House—