Madam Speaker, let me reassure the hon. member that as the federal negotiator for the social union framework, my provincial and territorial colleagues and myself have had a number of very promising meetings. We had another meeting last Friday.
Let me assure the hon. member that those discussions are going very well. Flexibility is being displayed by all levels of government and by all ministers around the table. I was heartened by the discussion on Friday.
Indeed, let me reassure this House that provincial, territorial and federal ministers around the social union framework table are working with one common objective. Everybody needs to remember what that objective is. It is to develop, to maintain, to enhance and to build upon our social programs in this country for the benefit of all Canadians.