Thank you all for your confidence, and welcome to the first meeting of the Special Committee on Cooperatives. Obviously, cooperatives play a pretty key role in our economy—about 18 million Canadians are members—so this is going to be an interesting study and one that I think will be very productive.
I will first thank Mr. Bélanger for the motion he brought forward to the House that began the creation of this committee, and to all parties for your support of the motion in the House. I believe it was unanimously supported. Obviously, that distinguishes how important this study will be, so thank you all very much.
I would like to make a suggestion that we look at some routine motions. I would make the suggestion that we move in camera to do that. It's obviously standard practice.
I'm going to suspend the meeting for just a couple of minutes to ask that the room be cleared of visitors, and we'll move into adopting some routine motions for the committee.
[Proceedings continue in camera]