The heads of the companies were grilled by Tory MPs on what value they provided to Canadians.

The heads of the companies Coradix and Dalian, which received millions of taxpayer dollars to develop the ArriveCan app and then subcontracted the work to other companies, were grilled on Oct. 31 by Conservative MPs on what value they provided to Canadians.

“You represent a two-person company that receives contracts and then subcontracts, and you’ve received millions of dollars from taxpayers for the process of receiving contracts and then subcontracting. So what would you say you do here?” asked Tory MP Garnett Genius during the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

“Our value add really is in the area of project management and contracts management as it relates to federal government contracting,” replied Dalian founder and president David Yeo.

The committee is examining how the companies GC Strategies, Dalian, and Coradix received millions of taxpayer dollars to develop the ArriveCAN app, which was used by Ottawa to track the COVID-19 vaccination status of travellers visiting Canada. Critics have claimed the app could have been developed for a fraction of its $54 million cost.

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