While that is very true, I would suggest that past appearances don't, I think, give the minister a pass on coming and speaking to this committee when we are tasked with the very important job of scrutinizing the current supplementary estimates and would appreciate the opportunity to ask questions of him on these supplementary estimates. I do recognize that the Minister of Transport has appeared before committee many times.
I think it goes without saying that if it weren't for the previous Liberal government and those serving them in Ontario, the current Ontario government would not be in the position it is of trying to deal with the mess that it was left with.
Having said that, I will turn to the interim estimates now. I have a question for Mr. Keenan.
In the interim estimates, Transport Canada is requesting $3.4 million for the community participation funding program. Could you tell us if there are any safeguards in the application process to ensure that the funds given out through this program are not used for political purposes?