Thank you, dear colleagues.
Thank you for placing your trust in me. I will work hard to live up to your expectations.
Dear colleagues, let me begin by saying congratulations to those who are re-elected, and give a special welcome to those who are newly elected to the Hill.
Just before we go to the vice-chair elections, I'd like to say that this is a historic moment. You are the inaugural members of the science and research standing committee. Congratulations. Thank you for the interest.
Very briefly, I put forward a motion last Parliament to form a science and research committee and to give permanence and a seat at the table in Ottawa. It was really exciting. We had all-party support for that. I think we have a real opportunity to shine a light on science and research. These are fundamental building blocks of our country. I think we can explore the opportunities and the challenges.
Colleagues, our next point of business is to elect two vice-chairs.
I will pass this to our clerk, please.