Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, all, for being here.
I'm pleased with what has transpired since the first study this committee did on mental health, which brought forward a number of witnesses who have dealt with mefloquine and its impact on their lives. The surgeon general has put forward a report that resulted in mefloquine's becoming a drug of last resort instead of a priority drug. Health Canada has greatly changed the monograph in regard to this drug. I don't believe that just happened because who knows why. Clearly, around the globe, there's a lot of action on this drug and its impact on armed forces, especially with our allies, with the research that's being done.
I'm greatly disturbed, though, with the fact that we're looking and saying, “Now we're doing this.” You are doing a far better job of following the armed forces, determining whether or not it's safe for them to do this based on past history and whatnot. However, we have a significant cohort of individuals who took this drug not knowing what it was. They were forced to use it. They were not allowed to refuse it or they would lose their deployment. It's true that a lot of the testimony to this date has been anecdotal. A lot of times, I don't think you start a study to deal with an issue unless you have that anecdotal evidence first.
I will very quickly ask the question, and I just want a yes or no answer from each of you. In looking at this issue, have you read or do you give any weight to the studies this committee carries out? Have you read the testimony of those veterans who came to this committee? I just want a quick yes or no.