MPs were looking for answers from a key ArriveCan contractor but were left expressing disbelief at his apparent inability to provide basic information about his company and its contracts with the federal government.

“How on earth could you have prepared any less for this hearing?” Conservative MP Larry Brock asked GC Strategies co-owner and vice-president Darren Anthony.

Mr. Anthony testified before the House of Commons government operations committee (OGGO) on March 14 as it continues its study of the ArriveCan application, which previously served as a border measure to manage COVID-19 quarantine.

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) estimated the cost of ArriveCan to be $59.5 million in its review of the contracts, while noting poor accounting practices make it hard to determine the cost accurately. The office also said there was little value compared to costs.

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