Mr. Speaker, we launched a forum yesterday and we invited experts from many fields to advise us on it. In discussions with them we said they have up to four years and that everyone serving on the commission should do it voluntarily. None of them will be paid.
I told them that I would like to receive reports as soon as they cover one element so that we can act. The health care system that we have in Canada is a very good system but it is getting very expensive. We want to make sure that we maintain universal free medicare for all Canadians.
We have to do that in consultation with the provinces. It is what the Minister of Health is doing. I wanted to have people who are not representing the self-interest groups within the system to look into that. That is exactly what they will be doing.
They will report every six months or so, whenever they are ready. They will make some concrete suggestions that will help us to maintain free medicare for all Canadians, not a good system for the rich and a bad one for the poor like the Reform Party would like to do.
We want one that will serve all Canadians, enabling them to have access to hospitals free because they are citizens of Canada.