Thank you very much, gentlemen, ladies, for your presentations.
We have a very difficult task ahead of us, that is to try and convince the government. In the presentation given by the Union des municipalités du Québec, the mayor of Laval was very clear. When we develop programs, we need to have deadlines. No one is challenging that fact. We have deadlines, everyone must respect them, and that is the problem.
In fact, there are constraints that are specific to certain areas, in a country as vast as Canada. For example, Quebec is a massive province, so imagine the entire country of Canada. How can we get the government to understand that in the beginning, when people sent in their applications, they were all aware of the deadline, and they all felt they would be able to meet the deadline? The problem is that on a day-to-day basis, managing it is not easy. There have been elections in some areas, there are particular applications that concern some departments, and there are administrative procedures. As a result, some municipalities will not be able to meet the deadline in the end.
Is my interpretation correct? Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Nyce of British Columbia, given your expertise, and are you aware of the fact that certain municipalities will not be able to meet the deadline?