I think cooperatives, mutuals, credit unions, and fraternal benefits—all these organizations—are not well understood by people generally. Because there's sort of a low level of understanding of these organizations, we've definitely expressed our view that more study should be done on this than just today's hearing. Not that we don't like the fact that we were allowed to come to the hearing, but we definitely think that more time should be allowed.
The other issue, to the earlier question, is that cooperatives have historically been non-partisan, so you will find people from every political persuasion who are members of cooperatives. In fact, many of the original founders are members of cooperatives. At The Co-operators we have a political involvement policy that really came about because one of our former agents ran for the Progressive Conservatives many years ago in Ontario.
So they're non-partisan. It's really more in that context—I know I speak for myself, and I suspect that I speak for my fellow speakers—that we came here. We really want to talk about a form of enterprise, a democratic form of enterprise, that deserves broader recognition and about why it's valuable. Really, that's our point. Yes, we would agree on more study, and we think there would be a benefit from the Quebec summit.