Federal Government Refuses to Produce Unredacted Records on Scientists Fired From Infectious-Disease Lab

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The federal government has refused to comply with an order the House passed last week that demands the release of all unredacted documents regarding the firing of two Chinese scientists from the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg to the Commons Committee on Canada-China (CACN), instead sending the documents to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP). At a hearing before the CACN on Monday evening, Conservative MP John Williamson grilled Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau on why the government decided to “ignore an order from Parliament to produce the documents,” which required the government to provide them to the committee within 48 hours. “We have a responsibility as a government to ensure that we don’t jeopardize certain information that touches on privacy, that touches on commercial privacy, and that also touches on possible security implications,” Garneau said in response. Meanwhile, Health Minister Patty Hajdu told the House earlier Monday that …

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