Sunday, RCMP announced arrest of Qing Quentin Huang for attempting to communicate knowledge of Canadian ship construction to China. Huang is employed by an Ontario based subcontractor of Irving Shipbuilding.
At a Toronto press conference, Chief Supt. Jennifer Strachan said,
“Sharing of information may give a foreign enemy a tactical, military or competitive advantage.”
Larry Tremblay, another RCMP Chief Superintendent, added,
“It is about protecting Canadian interests and taking the steps we need to protect our Canadian sovereignty…”
According to the Globe and Mail, China regularly seeks information to help dull economic advantages held by the West. That security forces are vigilant on economic matters and prepared to move quickly to arrest suspected offenders sent a shock wave through parts of British Columbia. Christy Clark supporters fear she could soon be arrested.
Perhaps unaware of its designation as an enemy of Canada, the Premier offered recently to help China gain the competitive advantage of producing their own shale gas with use of drilling and fracking technologies from BC.
Speaking to CCTV reporter Liu Yang, Clark said the Chinese should,
“Come to British Columbia and see how we do it. We’d welcome the chance to show them… Come and see how its done and learn so they can bring that knowledge back to China.”
It is possible that Clark has nothing to fear from the RCMP. Their resources have been stretched by the Huang investigation. According to police, they received a tip on Thursday, immediately initiated ‘Project Seascape’ and, by Saturday, arrested the mastermind of this “conspiracy of one.” Sunday, officials arranged and hosted a press conference attended by every major news operation in Canada.
To begin and complete an espionage investigation in two days must have been punishing to police. The Senate expense examination has been going on for more than six months and election robocalls have been under review since May 2011. Of course, a cynic could suggest the spying case might be a convenient distraction intended to ease pressure on the Conservative Party’s front bench during upcoming sessions of Parliament.