I think it's going to be a lot more difficult for cooperatives to get the right type of the services they need. It's a very specialized service, working to understanding the provincial acts plus working with the group dynamics of setting up a cooperative, and it takes time. One of the reasons cooperatives succeed is due to all the group development and its being based on the needs of the members. It doesn't happen overnight; it's a very specialized service. I've been doing it all of my life, so I can speak to this quite strongly.
One of the reasons why the co-op development initiative was created was to allow any citizen in Canada to have access to co-op development services, and that's not going to happen anymore. That's the reality: it's not going to happen anymore, so you're going to lose innovation at the grassroots level, because it's just going to be perhaps in certain areas that they may have stronger supports.
The reason the survival rate in Quebec is so strong is that there is and has been a strong partnership with the Government of Quebec. They understand the cooperative model in terms of economic development, so they support it through the CDR model, in terms of providing ongoing technical assistance; they have a whole process of capitalizing cooperatives at different levels, in terms of their capital needs; they support education and governance training for members and boards of directors.
If you take that model and can see it being replicated in different parts of the country, that's a success rate. That's why we have the positive study results that we have. Once you lose all of that infrastructure and specialized service, it's going to be hard.