Feds ask court to keep documents related to scientists' firing under wraps

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OTTAWA — The Liberal government is asking the Federal Court to prohibit disclosure of documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest-security laboratory.

House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota reprimanded Public Health Agency of Canada head Iain Stewart on Monday over his repeated refusal to provide the unredacted documents to MPs on the Canada-China relations committee.

Court records say Stewart advised the attorney general Sunday in a notice under the Canada Evidence Act that sensitive or potentially injurious information would be disclosed should the documents be given to the committee.

After considering the matter, the attorney general filed an application in Federal Court requesting an order confirming the documents should remain under wraps.

The filing, which says a public hearing may be necessary, names Rota as the respondent in the matter.

It says the next steps will be decided by the Federal Court judge assigned to the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2021.

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