Thank you, Madam Chair, and thank you, Minister, for being here. Thank you, everyone else, for being here, too. It's always appreciated.
I think I just want to echo what Mr. McCauley referred to. This clearly is a non-partisan issue. We all have federal employees in our ridings, some obviously more than others. I appreciate the efforts that are being taken by your department and the department's appreciation of the gravity of the situation. I think I speak for every member of Parliament when I say that the sooner the solution arises, the better, obviously. It looks to me like we're heading down the right path now, and I appreciate everybody's efforts and redoubling of efforts to get this resolution at least on the horizon as we work towards it. I do applaud your efforts on that. There's much to be done, still, of course.
I just want to change channels here a little bit. You may know, Minister—and I'm sure you do—that our committee has been looking at procurement in general and specifically at the engagement of small and medium-sized enterprises, women-led enterprises, the procurement strategy for aboriginal persons, and these types of programs. They are, I think, part of the procurement modernization that the government is striving towards.
I noticed in the budget that your department received, I think, $192 million for the e-procurement tool. I just wonder if you could elaborate on what that is and what role you see that playing in this general procurement modernization process that we're undergoing.