MPs on the Commons government operations committee yesterday were unable to identify who awarded a sweetheart contract to an ArriveCan consultant. They asked 32 times. “Nobody wants to take responsibility,” said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).

“While everything is broken nobody ever takes responsibility,” said MP Genuis. No official with the Canada Border Services Agency that awarded the contract has admitted to contacting the company.

MPs are investigating whistleblowers’ complaints over an $8.9 million ArriveCan sole-sourced contract to GC Strategies of Woodlawn, Ont., a two-man company operating from a private home. Evidence showed GC Strategies pocketed an undisclosed commission worth up to 30 percent or $2.7 million then assigned all work to subcontractors.

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