The rainbow sock wearing Prime Minister of Canada has taken the unusual step of suing the government House of Commons to keep information about some secret lab firings hidden. Local news outlets are demanding to know “what exactly is Justin Trudeau trying to hide?” It turns out they had some uncaged rats playing with some really nasty toys and sending the cheese home to China.
Rats in the Microbiology lab
Their version of a congressional committee is “seeking documents related to the firing of two scientists.” They were working hard at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology lab until July of 2019.
On Wednesday, Trudeau’s flamingly progressive administration filed a lawsuit against the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons. In the filing, they begged their Federal Court to “issue an order sealing documents demanded by the House through a vote earlier this month.”
The committee in question is none other than the “Commons committee on Canada-China relations” and the documents they’re fighting tooth and nail to get their hands on are “related to the firing of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband, Keding Cheng.”
Reports of the controversy note the couple, “along with a group of students from China, were escorted out of the lab in July 2019 and their security clearance was revoked.”
At the time everyone involved clammed up tight so “eventually it became clear that CSIS and the RCMP had been involved in an investigation.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies teamed up with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to dig as deep into the secret lab scandal as they could. By January of 2021, “it was revealed that the pair were fired after an intervention from CSIS.”
Shipping what? To where?
It’s not surprising that there might be a coverup involved once you learn that “Dr. Qiu was involved in shipping samples of the Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.”
Hmmm. Didn’t Canada deny that ever even happened? Then, there “was also the sharing of other information between the lab and the Wuhan Institute.” Oh really.
Now, thanks to the National Post, we know that “Dr. Qiu is listed as one of the inventors on two patents filed in Beijing by the Chinese government in 2017 and 2019 related to the Ebola and Marburg viruses.” It’s a really good thing that we didn’t get hit with one of those, instead of the Asian Andromeda Strain.
One of the things that concern the Canadian committee members is the fact it’s “illegal for Canadian civil servants to file a patent outside the country without permission from the minister they report to.” Especially undercover lab rats filing patents on designer Ebola genes.
It’s crystal clear that the government clearly doesn’t want to answer the sharply pointed questions about the clandestine lab connections to Wuhan. “After ignoring several requests from the committee to turn over documents, the House of Commons voted last week to order the papers released.” That started a showdown.
“When the government refused once again the Commons did something not seen since 1913, summoning civil servant Iain Stewart, the president of the Public Health Agency of Canada, to be denounced by the House and to hear the demand for the papers once again.” Now, their court will sort it out.