Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.
The Atlantic groundfish strategy, otherwise known as TAGS, is off the rails and now we know why. This week we learned that the qualifying rules for TAGS had been ignored and each regional HRD office was making its own eligibility requirements. According to an internal department audit, and I quote from that audit: "The ignoring of these rules was one of the reasons for excessive cost over-runs".
How could the minister allow the gross incompetence which will deny benefits to legitimate fishermen who really need them?