It also talks in here about environmental issues, and you've talked about aboriginal consultations. But as I look at this, it's only a one-page application, which I'm sure you appreciate after the 30- or 40-page applications from previous governments. It's a one-page application that mentions environmental issues three times: about whether or not this is to deal with an environmentally sensitive area; about whether or not it's federal environmentally sensitive land; about whether it complies with the land use or resource management plan for the area.
There are three aboriginal issues in here. It talks about aboriginal consultation, aboriginal communities, or the project having any adverse function on aboriginal communities.
Everybody knew full well what they were getting into with this agreement, and that's what I'm having problems with today. I mean, this is infrastructure stimulus money. Any economist will tell you that infrastructure stimulus money is for stimulating an economy, which we obviously needed--everybody's agreed with that--and now you're coming to the table asking for a change on, in my mind, less than 1% of the Building Canada plan that this government put forward, that you asked for.
I just really don't understand. I think it's unfair to my municipalities to go to them and say, “Sorry, you should have applied for that, because we're going to extend it.” I mean, you have to have rules in place. It's just like when you elect your board of directors; you have to have your nomination form in on time or else you're not going to be qualified to sit for that board and be elected.
We have to have deadlines, and that's what I'm here to tell you today--even though you're here to tell me something.