Scuffle continues over Chinese scientists fired in Canada

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The mystery continues around the Winnipeg-Wuhan connection and the firing of Chinese scientists in Canada.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the usual political posturing is unfolding over the issue of uncensored records being asked for and denied.

The Liberal government is asking Federal Court to prevent the release of documents related to the firing of two scientists — Xiangguo Qiu and her husband, Keding Cheng — from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) boss Iain Stewart has refused to hand over unredacted documents related to the case, despite a House order to do so. His lawyer has made it clear that Stewart has no intention of defying Parliament and intends only to comply with the law.

As theNational Postreported, Stewart, “is prohibited by the Canada Evidence Act from divulging ‘sensitive information or potentially injurious information’ and that he had given notice to the attorney general, as required by law, that he was being ordered to do so.”

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Blacklock’s reported cabinet has defended the federal court reference to seal the records.

Senator Marc Gold, the government’s representative in the Senate, denied cabinet was concealing records.

“The Government of Canada is not hiding documents,” said Gold. “It is making sure the documents it will be providing to Parliament are properly redacted and vetted to ensure our national security is not put in jeopardy.”

Senator Donald Plett, Opposition leader in the Senate, countered: “Your government is taking the unprecedented step of suing the Speaker of the House of Commons.

“How can you defend the Trudeau attack on our Parliament? What are you so desperate to hide?”

Justice Minister David Lametti said last week, the decision to apply to the court was made by Justice officials, in accordance with a provision in the Canada Evidence Act which was brought in by the previous Conservative government.

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The records in question pertain to the hiring of Chinese scientists and researchers who had security clearance at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. It is Canada’s only level-4 lab.

Scientists Xiangguo Qiu and her husband, Keding Cheng were walked out of the building by the RCMP in the summer of 2019 and then fired six months later. They did collaborative work with Wuhan Institute of Virology, but there is nothing to suggest it involved COVID-19.

No explanation has been offered about their firing.

What is known is that one of the scientists had a role in the shipping of Ebola and Henipah virus samples to the Wuhan lab in 2019, not necessarily out of the realm of collaborative work among global scientists.

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