A Waterdown man has been arrested for trying to sell Canadian classified shipbuilding information to China. The RCMP say he put Canada’s sovereignty at risk, giving China a competitive advantage.
53-year old Qing Quentin Huang was arrested in Burlington Saturday, two days after the RCMP learned he was allegedly trying to sell classified information to China.
Huang lives in a quiet residential Waterdown neighbuorhood. Neighbours say he mostly kept to himself.
“We talked from time to time. He seemed okay but something not quite right,” says Robert Dixon.
No trespassing signs hang on Huang’s house. His neighbour tells CHCH news he often saw a woman kick at Huang’s front door.
The RCMP moved quickly, after they learned Huang was allegedly supplying China with safeguarded Canadian shipbuilding information.
“In these types of cases, sharing of information may give a foreign entity a tactical, competitive advantage by knowing the specifications of vessels responsible for defending Canadian waters and Canadian sovereignty.”
Huang faces two charges of attempting to communicate a to a foreign entity under the Security of Information Act. The RCMP believe he acted alone, and there is no threat to Canada’s national security.
Huang went to Simon Fraser University in British Colombia, where he made headlines after his 16-year old son, a math genius, joined him in 2004.
He now works at Lloyd Register Canada Ltd in Burlington, a supplier to Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.
He appeared in court today, and will have a bailing hearing on Wednesday. If convicted, Huang could face life in prison.