Opposition rekindles push to get documentation on Winnipeg scientists firing


When Congress reopens this week, opposition reopens where they suspended to get more information from the free government about the dismissal of two scientists from Canada’s safest laboratories. Did.

Between First session At the new parliament on November 23, all opposition parties will fight a new battle with the Liberal Party to obtain documents providing detailed information on the dismissal of scientists Xiangguo Qiu and Keding Cheng escorted from Winnipeg’s National Institute of Microbial Sciences. He showed his intention to pursue it. (NML) In 2019, he was later dismissed.

In an unprecedented move in the last parliament, the government sued Speaker of the House Anthony Rota and blocked the publication of the document after the House of Representatives asked the Liberal Party government to provide the document. The case was withdrawn after the dissolution of Congress in mid-August.

Now the opposition has again demanded a document, accusing the federal government of the judicial measures it used to counter their release.

“The fact that the government has openly rebelled against the authority of the House of Commons constitutes a tentative attack on Congress and its most fundamental rights,” said Tory and his party leader Gerard Deltel.

Demeter He gave Chairman Anthony Rota a privileged point to find a government insulting Congress for disagreeing with the power of the House of Representatives and to revive the House’s order requesting the government to disclose records.

At the time of Demeter’s allegation, government house leader Mark Holland intervened that a motion or committee report was needed to continue the point of the order because the issue was raised in the previous parliament. Did. effect. “

“It’s premature. It’s not going well at this point,” he said.

The chair agreed with the Netherlands and demanded that Demeter conclude the intervention.

“In Canada’s history, executive branches have never used the judiciary to attack the legislature,” Demeter said before receiving support from all opposition parties.

The NDP, Brock, and the Greens have agreed that the government must disclose information.

“If the majority of the members of this place vote to create a document they think is necessary to fulfill their obligations to the people they represent who chose to be here, this Must be observed. ” NDP’s MP Don Davis said.

“This is no matter how embarrassing or inconvenient the government at the time feels such a request. Indeed, it is often the most important time to comply.

“It’s hard to say that the issue is premature over time,” said Elizabeth May, a member of the Greens.

Bloc Québécois’s Alan Terien said he promised that in the case of the dissolution, the chairman of the new parliament would “consider and rule on the issue of unanswered privileges.” We are currently discussing one such question. “

“I believe this question needs to be prioritized, especially given its importance in maintaining the authority and dignity of the House of Commons,” said Terien.

The Liberal Party government states that the reason for not being able to provide the documents is due to national security and privacy concerns about their disclosure.

Born in China, Xiangguo Qiu sent samples of Ebola and henipavirus to the Wuhan Institute of Vessels (WIV) in March 2019 with the permission of the NML authorities. She also traveled to Wuhan several times in an official position to provide training to WIV staff.

Qiu also collaborated with Maj. Gen. Chenwei, a prominent Chinese army on virus research.

Noe Chartier


Noé Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.