Title: Uncovering Allegations of Improper Contracting in ArriveCan App Development
In a bid to provide accurate and unbiased reporting, Rebel News plans to independently investigate the truth about the war by going to Israel along with videographer Benji. Rebel News encourages viewers to take action by sharing their findings and supporting their efforts. While this report focuses on the war, another pressing matter in Canada involves the ArriveCan app’s development, which has recently come under scrutiny for alleged improper contracting.
Expanded Audit Reveals Allegations of Improper Contracting
ArriveCAN, an app designed as a pandemic tool, is currently undergoing an expanded audit by the federal Auditor General, Karen Hogan. The audit now includes allegations of improper contracting that were brought to light by The Globe and Mail. According to the report, GCStrategies, Dalian Enterprises, and Coradix were accused of engaging in various unethical practices. These allegations include collecting excessive commissions, using personal information without consent, and inflating their work experience.
The investigation revealed that Botler, a company involved in a pilot project for detecting sexual harassment, received funding from a $21.2 million contract designated for “general services.” It was discovered that CBSA outsourced work for the ArriveCan app through this contract. GCStrategies received $9 million, which was later increased to $11.2 million, while Coradix and Dalian collectively received $4.3 million. Consequently, an RCMP investigation has been launched to examine these transactions.
Government Officials and Cozy Relationships
The Auditor General will re-interview government officials regarding allegations of “cozy relationships” between the aforementioned companies and the public service. Notably, Coradix and Dalian received a combined total of $362 million over the past decade through a joint venture. GCStrategies, on the other hand, secured $46 million in taxpayer-funded contracts since 2017. Hogan initiated the ArriveCan audit in response to a vote by the Commons last November, where 173 votes were cast in favor of auditing the app.
Hogan expressed disappointment, as she learned of the allegations of potential fraud through The Globe and Mail’s report instead of being informed by federal officials. She highlighted that her team always asks questions about suspected or alleged fraud during their audits and expects officials to keep them informed. The delay in reporting by the government has raised concerns about transparency and accountability.
Parliamentary Session and Failure to Notify Auditor General
During an emergency Public Accounts Committee session, Conservative MP Larry Brock expressed his indignation over the failure to inform the Auditor General about the RCMP investigation. It was revealed that Hogan had discovered the investigation through The Globe and Mail’s report, rather than being notified by the Canadian government. MP Brock emphasized serious allegations, including identity theft, fraudulent billing, and collusion involving senior bureaucrats.
Hogan confirmed that her office has been in constant communication with various agencies since learning of the RCMP investigation. When MP Brock inquired about the individuals being interviewed, Hogan mentioned ongoing discussions with the Canada Border Services Agency.
While Rebel News sets out to present unbiased reporting on the war, allegations of improper contracting in the development of the ArriveCan app have come to light. The expanded audit, initiated by the Auditor General, aims to uncover potential wrongdoing by GCStrategies, Dalian Enterprises, and Coradix. The investigation has shed light on the need for transparency and accountability regarding government contracts. As the RCMP launches its investigation, the findings will be presented to Parliament early in 2024, providing a clearer picture of the ArriveCan app controversy.