Minh Doan says he didn’t direct the selection of GC Strategies to develop the ArriveCAN app.

A former vice-president and chief information officer of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says he didn’t know GC Strategies would be the company hired to build ArriveCAN when he decided to outsource development of the controversial app. Minh Doan also denied threatening to blame a former director at the agency for the decision during a phone call.

The government spending on the app that Ottawa used to track the COVID-19 vaccination status of travellers entering Canada is currently being investigated by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) and Canada’s auditor general.

The RCMP has also said it’s investigating allegations of misconduct raised by IT firm Botler AI in relation to government contracts given to GC Strategies, Coradix, and Dalian.

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