Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to thank Gail and Dennis for being here. I'd also like to thank the commissioner for staying for the extra hour.
I have two questions, one on HR and one on contract policing.
Commissioner, you brought up a concern that I have with regard to hiring the right people. The minister brought up a similar issue, about hiring people who understand the cultural diversity of communities. My concern is this: When you recruit individuals who understand and embrace cultural diversity and want to embrace small communities, for example, wouldn't the hiring of new RCMP recruits be much better if the hiring was done by the provinces and territories and they took the lead based on regional priorities?
Now, I know how the system works. I'm asking if it would be better if they based hiring on a point-based system that suits that province and not Ottawa.