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The RCMP searched the house of Kristian Firth, one of the bosses of GC Strategies

Photo: Adrian Wyld The Canadian Press Kristian Firth, one of the two partners of GCStrategies, answered questions from the House of Commons on Wednesday.

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Posted at 4:18 p.m.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) searched the house of Kristian Firth, one of the two partners of GCStrategies, who had won the initial contract for the development of the ArriveCAN application. The latter was summoned to the bar of the House of Commons on Wednesday, a first in over 100 years in Ottawa.

“There was a search warrant on my property to obtain electronic property in relation to allegations concerning [the firm] Botler,” confirmed Mr. Firth, speaking to the deputies.

No citizen has been summoned before the House of Commons since 1913.

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