Well, there you go.
We track a lot of things, but surprisingly, we don't track the activity before us by small and medium-sized enterprises, and I think it's simply because we never have been asked. However, in preparation for today and in going on, I'm going to recommend that the secretariat keep numbers on that, only so that we would be able to answer the question the next time we come here.
I had a look. Yesterday I asked my articling student to go through the caseload that we had last year. We had 70 cases last year. It was the highest volume of procurement review ever to come to us; it was in the order of $5 billion. There were a couple of big-ticket items there, but usually it's about $1 billion to $3 billion.
We did realize yesterday, from using the Industry Canada definition of what a small business is and for those businesses that we could confirm just by looking at them—a quick web search—to see that they were indeed small businesses, that we can safely say anecdotally, from last year at least, that more than half—up to 45 of the 70 complaints—came from what looks like small and medium-sized enterprises. They come to us a lot.
The last part of your question asked what the usual things are that come to us. Well, there are a variety, but one regular one would be an undisclosed criterion. According to the system, you're supposed to disclose your criteria in your solicitation documents. Essentially, the suppliers have to know what the rules of the game are before they invest the time and money to put together these bids and to answer these calls for tenders, but sometimes things are not well defined, or things can creep in, and at the evaluation stage you'll have an undisclosed criterion that seeps its way in. Then you'll have a bidder who says, “Hold on; I didn't get this, and what's the reason?” They're told what the reason is, and they don't like it, because they realize that they didn't read that in the solicitation documents. They'll try to resolve it, and if not, then go to the tribunal, or they can go to the tribunal directly.
That's a big source of activity, I would say.