Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you, Minister, for being here with us today.
I'm going to start off, Minister, by expressing my appreciation for your file. You have infrastructure, you have intergovernmental affairs and you have communities, which are paramount with respect to the direction that we're taking as a government to ensure that ongoing communication gets strengthened. I say this because we do recognize that lots of the files and the issues that we're dealing with are cross-ministerial. I congratulate you for doing that very successfully.
With that said, you've been dealing with different departments, different orders of government and indigenous communities to ensure that strength in communications, as I said earlier. In particular, to get to my question, between Transport, for example, Finance, the provincial government, the municipal government and the private sector.... We were down in Washington this past week, and one thing we all agreed upon, binationally, was the need to strengthen our supply chains, our trade corridors, to be more strategic in those investments that we make not just locally or domestically, but between both countries. By integrating the binational strategic trade corridors, including integrating binational capital investments, we ensure, once again, binational fluidity within our supply chains.
We look at the Great Lakes, for example. Can you elaborate on the proposed new funding of $79.1 million to protect our coastlines and waterways? What will this money pay for and why is it so important?