Well, I think you've put your finger on the head of quite a few important issues. At the end of the day, I think everyone here has been very clear that this program is working extremely well. There are challenges in a small number of communities at this point. But you're right, a lot of it is actually still fairly hypothetical; there are still nine more months until the deadline. A lot can happen. It depends on weather, on supplies of labour and materials. Things will change.
What we're asking of the Government of Canada, and indeed our provincial and territorial municipal association counterparts to be asking their provinces and territories, is just for some common sense--for all three partners in these projects to sit down when problems arise and solve those problems so that these projects can be successful both in terms of creating jobs and ensuring that infrastructure projects are completed that meet the needs of those communities. We're asking for common sense to solve problems in a very small number of communities. This isn't about scoring points or anything else.
As I think Mr. Carlton pointed out, municipal leaders are a pretty practical-minded bunch of folks. They just want to get this stuff done and they want to get it done at as reasonable a cost to taxpayers as possible. As I said, it's just common sense.
So I think, absolutely, Mr. Bevington, you've put your finger on the head of quite a few issues.