Procurement is the strategic, proactive process through which the government acquires goods and services from third parties in the best possible manner.
(Government of Canada, cited in Allen, Barbara. 2006. “How Ottawa Buys: Procurement Policy and Politics Beyond Gomery.” In How Ottawa Spends 2006-2007: In From the Cold - the Tory Rise and the Liberal Demise, edited by G. Brce Doern, 93-115. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, p. 97.)