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SLOBODIAN: Are Chinese communist operatives still prowling around sensitive Canadian labs?

Trudeau’s refusal to answer speaks volumes




Who is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau protecting – communist Chinese military operatives or those possibly still allowing them access to Canadian facilities that deal with the deadliest human and animal viruses? 

If Trudeau is protecting regular Canadians from nefarious communist individuals freely prowling through the country’s sensitive labs, he could just say so. But no, he didn’t when questioned in the House of Commons.

We’re still walking around with diapers on our faces, and shockingly, no one has been held accountable for infecting the world with COVID-19 a year-and-a half ago.

Increasing evidence – reputable experts insist it’s indisputable – points to the virus originating from China’s military-operated Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which carries out classified military research, including experiments on animals, on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Yet with all we continue to endure – death and illness, fear, despair, financial ruin, life as we knew it gone – the prime minister refused to assure us Canada will sever research cooperation ties with China’s communist military.

COVID-19 aside, it is unfathomable Chinese communists ever had access to places like the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg. This is Canada’s only Level 4 facility equipped to work with the deadliest diseases that, if released, could have devastating consequences.

The NML’s partnership with the WIV resulted in the removal of two Chinese scientists after they got caught shipping samples of highly contagious pathogens – Ebola and Henipah viruses – from Winnipeg to Wuhan.

Dr. Xiangguo Qui, her husband Keding Chang, and  a number of students from China were escorted from the NML in 2019. Qui and Chang were fired and the RCMP launched an investigation.

So, when recently asked by the deputy leader of the Opposition if Canadian labs still have cozy ties with China, Trudeau did what he does best. He dodged the question, which speaks volumes, and predictably, pathetically, cried racism. 

“Mr. Speaker, we have a problem in this country when operatives who are part of the Communist China regime are allowed into our very sensitive labs here in Canada, specifically in Winnipeg. We have an even greater problem when our prime minister does not realize how dangerous it is,” said Candice Bergen, MP for Manitoba’s Portage-Lisgar.

“Again, will the prime minister commit today to ending research co-operation with the Chinese Communist military?” 

Trudeau confirmed what everyone knows – the two scientists are no longer employed by the Public Health Agency (PHA) of Canada. He ducked behind the confidentiality curtain, when a simple yes or no was required.

“We cannot disclose additional information nor comment further for privacy reason and confidentiality. We are committed to supporting open, collaborative research while also protecting our research, national security and economic interests,” said Trudeau.

He didn’t manage to protect Canadians from Qui, Chang and friends, why should we believe him now?

Bergen then pointed to Trudeau’s star-struck admiration — just like his daddy’s — for the Chinese communist regime (the sickening display is on video). 

“Again, will the prime minister commit to ending this research and this co-operation with the regime that not only does not have our interests in mind, but actually wants to hurt Canada?” Bergen asked.

Again, Trudeau dodged and twisted the narrative into, yup, racism.

“The rise in anti-Asian racism we have been seeing over the past number of months should be of concern to everyone. I would recommend that the members of the Conservative party, in their zeal to make personal attacks, not start to push too far into intolerance towards Canadians of diverse origins,” said Trudeau.

This is an egregious insult to Chinese Canadians.

They too have suffered death and illness, fear, despair, and financial ruin under COVID-19. Many have fled Trudeau’s beloved oppressive Chinese communist regime, and fear for loved ones still under the brutal thumb of the PLA.

They want answers and assurances that he’ll stop the infiltration of communists into Canadian labs and all institutions.

The strongest quality of the Liberal government is its ability to mockingly, condescendingly dance around questions.

That doesn’t mean Canadians won’t get answers.

The Commons is expected to pass a motion, supported by members of all opposition parties, compelling disclosures of uncensored records of the RCMP raid at the NML. 

The Public Health Agency has arrogantly refused to discuss this with elected members of Parliament. The motion will order the PHA to release within 48 hours “the unredacted version of all documents.” 

Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole spoke on behalf of most Canadians when he asked: “How could two scientists with deep connections to the Chinese military be able to gain access to a high-level Canadian security-cleared laboratory with access to the world’s most dangerous viruses?”

Another question: Is the Trudeau government still sanctioning Chinese communist operatives to freely prowl around our labs?

Slobodian is a Western Standard columnist based in Manitoba

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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    June 2, 2021 at 11:41 am

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.




An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.


“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.


Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.




Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.




The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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