National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg

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The Liberals are keeping mum over reports the scientific director of Canada’s top bio lab had concerns over its ties to China, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The government is not hiding documents,” said Senator Marc Gold (Que.), government representative in the Senate, who complained MPs were making “excessive demands” for records in the case.

“I am not prepared to comment further.”

“This is a total sham,” replied Senator Donald Plett (Man.), Opposition Leader in the Senate.

“The government is so desperate to hide what it knows.”

Plett read into the Senate record an e-mail published Wednesday by Blacklock’s concerning cooperation between the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, where many believe the COVID-19 virus came from.

“I have some concerns here,” wrote the lab’s science director in a September 14, 2018 staff email.

“What is the nature of the work?”

Internal emails show Wuhan authorities contacted Chinese scientists with security clearance at the Winnipeg lab for samples of Ebola and Henipavirus.

“It’s easier to obtain material from us as opposed to U.S. labs,” wrote one executive.

Liberals staying quiet on bio lab incident in Winnipeg

Two Chinese scientists involved in the transfer of material to Wuhan were fired January 20 after Mounties seized their computer hard drives and escorted them from the lab.

An RCMP investigation is ongoing.

“Espionage and foreign interference pose real threats to Canadian research security,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Commons on Wednesday.

“Will the Prime Minister acknowledge there was a security breach?” asked Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole.

“As a government, we have always taken seriously threats to our national security,” replied Trudeau.

Cabinet so far has defied a House order to give MPs uncensored documents detailing the lab investigation. The Commons on June 2 voted 179-149 to demand the release of records.

“I understand parliamentarians have questions,” said Trudeau.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton) called the Winnipeg incident “a major national security breach” as yet unexplained in Parliament.

“Canadians deserve answers which are being impeded by the government,” said Cooper.

“For a prime minister who once famously said sunshine is the best disinfectant, it is time to let the sun shine in. Stop the cover-up and turn over the documents.”

Conservative MP Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills, Ont.) said legislators cannot find plausible explanations for why two Chinese scientists were fired, or why the science director who expressed “concerns” over their activities abruptly resigned in 2020.

“We do not know how a scientist from the People’s Liberation Army gained access to the Winnipeg lab,” said Chong.

“When is the government going to start being accountable?”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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