On Tuesday, the National Research Council, for reasons that were not made quite clear, entered into an agreement, the exact details of which Canadians are apparently unentitled to know, with a Chinese entity known as CanSino Biologics Inc., in a project backed by the Institute of Biotechnology in China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences. The deal commits Canadian researchers to the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the deadly virus that Chinese authorities, by gross negligence and disinformation, in roughly equal measure, unleashed upon the world late last year.
The National Research Council, it might be remembered, was badly hacked in 2014, or in the federal bureaucracy’s lexicon, was made “a victim of Chinese computer network exploitation activities,” and the vandalism ended up costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to repair. But hey, bygones.
But Ottawa hasn’t yet found the courage to say no to Huawei, or to join the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the audacious notion that, you know, maybe there should be an independent inquiry into how the hell this pandemic happened. China is offended by the proposition and opposes it. The World Health Organization, its credibility shot, is also against it. So Trudeau is keeping quiet.
Trudeau has also declined to address the horrifying results of an in-depth investigation Amnesty International carried out in a collaboration with the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China that details the “bullying, racist, bigoted” campaign waged by Beijing’s proxies in Canada.