Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you to our witnesses.
I come from the auto industry. I'm trying to understand the differences, and I think they're essentially these.
With the auto industry, the product is less customized, and it's high volume, so harmonization with the United States really becomes important. The U.S. drives technological change in the industry, and you have to be able to abate the cost over an entire market, not a balkanized market. For example, having harmonized fuel economy standards is critical. You can't have several different jurisdictions, because you're going to have different technologies, and that's a loser for the company.
The bus industry is largely custom and low volume, so harmonization with the United States on standards is not as imperative as it is in the auto industry. This is why you're arguing that some European standards can actually work in the Canadian market. Am I oversimplifying the difference? Am I on the right track with that?