Canada's Arctic secrets a spy target: experts



Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:10 PM ET

OTTAWA - International interest in Canada's Arctic secrets is heating up and this weekend's arrest of a Toronto man allegedly shopping our shipbuilding secrets to China suggests it's not about to cool.

"China has expressed a very strong interest in the Arctic, so they're certainly interested in getting a better understanding of what's going on in our own North," said Dave Perry with the Conference of Defence Association Institute.

As for the shipbuilding program more broadly: "It's the kind of information a lot of people are interested in."

The Mounties said Sunday they charged Qing Quentin Huang, 53, with two counts of attempting to pass sensitive information to a foreign entity.

Huang worked for Lloyd's Register Canada, a subcontractor of Irving Shipbuilding, which is building Arctic patrol ships and other new navy vessels.

Both companies maintain Huang didn't have access to sensitive information and police allege it was Huang who made overtures to th