I'd like to go back to a comment you made about the nature of the last FCM meeting and the fact that you didn't receive a lot of representations on this issue.
Well, it's still a year away from the deadline, and I'm sure many communities probably don't want to raise this issue while they still have hope--perhaps some faint hope--that they can get their projects completed. As well, sticking your neck out as a municipality on these issues may also have some negative connotations attached to it. Municipal politicians are just as smart as any other politician about biting the hand that feeds. So I think we might see that situation change.
What we're trying to do here is come up with a solution that would forestall that kind of action. Of course, a solution on some of it may have to wait until after the next election, but that's something this government has to deal with itself.
Coming back to this idea of the three partners in this, it's quite clear that the one partner who is... The parliamentary secretary indicated the amount of money that this government has put into this. Well, that's actually money that will come out of the pockets of future taxpayers, because of course this is all deficit money. It's all deficit financing that the government has entered into. It puts a burden on future taxpayers. We're all in on this equation. This is not a gift from this particular government but an ongoing debt that all of us will have to take on.
So we see that, you know, we're being a little tough and inflexible on bargaining right now in terms of this limit, but as time moves on, I think this meeting will become very important, because it sets the parameters of what needs to happen. Eventually, I think, the government will come to its senses on this and recognize that.
At the same time, I understand the government's position. They want to continue to put the pressure on municipalities to complete their projects in a timely fashion over this next construction season, and I appreciate that. The government wants to get its conditions met in the development of these projects.
I think the motion perhaps is something that will not achieve anything at this point in time. I think we're going to have to see you come back here a little later on to talk to us again about this when we get a little closer, after this construction season is finished and we have a better understanding of how many projects are going to be in arrears.
Is anybody looking at that scenario, and do you want to talk about that?