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The Special Committee on Relations Chinese-Canadians have unanimously adopted a motion to study the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of two scientists from a high-security biomedical laboratory in Winnipeg in January 2021 who appeared to have ties to the regime from Beijing.

Created by the House of Commons of Canada, the special committee plans to meet twice a week, between now and the end of the session scheduled for June 21, 2024.

Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic Michael Chong introduced a motion to the select committee Tuesday morning to look into the recent release of federal documents related to the firing of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng. However, the CCP's request for an investigation was rejected three weeks ago.

According to documents made public at the end of February, the Canadian Intelligence Service Security Agency (CSIS) concluded that Qiu intentionally shared scientific information and documents with China, potentially endangering people's health.

More than 600 pages of documents and internal correspondence have been made public following a review by a multi-party special committee.

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The documents also reveal that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service concluded that Ms. Qiu had repeatedly lied about the extent of her work with Chinese government agencies and that she had refused to admit his involvement in various Chinese programs, even when evidence was presented to him.

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

The motion tabled this morning was therefore adopted unanimously after minor modifications.

Among the witnesses summoned, a series of senior officials, including the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Stephen Lucas, the vice-president of the National Microbiology Laboratory, Dr Donald Sheppard, and members of the Public Health Agency of Canada, such as its president Heather Jeffrey and the vice-president of the National Microbiology Laboratory Branch, Dr. Guillaume Poliquin.

The Ministers of Health and Public Safety, Mark Holland and Dominic Leblanc, as well as the Director of Intelligence David Vigneault and the National Security Advisor, Nathalie Drouin, are also summoned.

With information from Christian Noël and Catharine Tunney (from CBC News)

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