Former Liberal Secretary of State (Asia Pacific) David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas have launched a four to six week investigation into allegations of body parts harvesting and then the murdering of thousands of Falun Gong members. This information was disclosed originally by the Falun Gong through their publication The Epoch Times.
Kilgour was originally a Liberal, his wife was former Prime Minister John Turner's wife's sister. Then he became a Progressive Conservative during which time he supported Baltic independence by attending the Baltic Evening at Parliament Hill. He then switched back to Liberal and finally sat as an independent, protesting Liberal corruption.
Matas built his reputation supporting Jewish issues, promoting deportations of East Europeans, accused of being war criminals. Many of his accusations were more conjecture than proven fact.
Kilgour and Matas met with seven members of parliament from three political parties on May 8, 2006 at a press conference at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa. Conservative Party Caucus Chair Rahim Jaffer, Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Conservative MPs Maurice Vellacott and Bruce Stanton and NDP MPs Wayne Marston and Denise Savoie were present at the meeting.
Wrzesnewskyj said, "With China's horrible human rights record and history of capital punishment this investigation is very necessary."
Matas explained that he and Kilgour will personally interview all witnesses available in North America, including investigators who have already placed calls to Chinese hospitals and labour camps.
Communist China has denied their harvesting organs from Falun Gong members, just those people convicted to death. There have been about 100,000 Falun Gong members incarcerated simply for their belief.
"Given China's record of human rights abuses, we have a duty to take these allegations very seriously," said Jaffer.
NDP MP Bill Siksay emphasized, "we need the Canadian Government to be investigating this as well," in a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay.
In April, Bloc Québecois Foreign Affairs Critic Francine Lalonde wrote to MacKay asking for a timely investigation.
This inquiry is proving to be one that will not go away without resolution. It will difficult for people in the west to deal with a China that brutal.
Canadian inquiry into body parts harvesting