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Parliamentary committee agrees to investigate Winnipeg lab scandal | Radio-Canada News

A parliamentary committee has agreed to question key witnesses about how two scientists studying deadly viruses at a special lab in Winnipeg came to work closely with China.

Conservative MP Michael Chong introduced a motion to the Canada-China committee on Tuesday morning to study the recent release of federal documents related to the firing of two scientists – Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng – from the National Microbiology Laboratory.

According to documents released last month, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) concluded that Qiu was “intentionally” sharing scientific information and documents with China, potentially endangering people’s health.

The intelligence services also said they believed Cheng was not truthful in his interviews and that he had worked with a restricted visitor to ASPC “who is linked to the People’s Liberation Army (of China)”.

When confronted about her ties to China, “Ms. Qiu continued to generally deny, feign ignorance, or outright lie,” according to a June 2020 CSIS assessment.

The Public Health Agency of Canada ultimately decided to fire both men, declaring that “Dr. Qui poses a very serious and credible danger to the Government of Canada.”

The motion was adopted unanimously with minor modifications.

The approved motion calls on several actors to answer questions from committee members, including PHAC’s head of departmental security, CSIS director David Vigneault, the Prime Minister’s national security advisor Nathalie Drouin and members of the cabinet , including Health Minister Mark Holland and Public Safety Minister. Dominique LeBlanc.

According to the Globe and Mail, Qiu and Cheng are now working in China.

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