GOLDSTEIN: The case to ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G is more compelling than ever | #espionage | #surveillance | #ceo


In light of everything that’s happened over the past 466 days, it boggles the mind that the Canadian government can still be considering whether to allow Huawei Technologies to participate in the development of Canada’s fifth-generation, wireless 5G network.

Granted, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government are understandably preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic right now, but a decision on Huawei should have been made long before the current crisis began.

Thursday marks the 466th day of captivity for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, imprisoned on allegations of spying  — which Trudeau himself has described as “arbitrary detentions” — after Canada honoured its extradition treaty with the U.S. by detaining Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, 2018.

She’s wanted in the U.S. on charges of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud to violate American sanctions against Iran.

Meng denies the allegations, which have not been tested in court, and her legal team says the charges are politically motivated by the Trump administration.

China’s government says there’s no connection between Canada’s detention of Meng and China’s of Spavor and Kovrig. But there comes a point where good judgment and common sense need to be applied in how we view these issues.

Canada, a democracy, is following the rule of law by holding an extradition hearing on whether Meng should be sent to the U.S.

China, a dictatorship, has repeatedly tried to bully us into ignoring due process by freeing Meng, who is under house arrest in Vancouver, through everything from the Spavor and Kovrig imprisonments, to launching a trade war against us.

While China and Huawei deny any wrongdoing, coming to these logical conclusions has nothing to do with racism against the people of China, or Canadians of Chinese origin, or Huawei’s Canadian employees.

It has to do with the government of China’s deserved reputation — despite its denials of wrongdoing — as a global bad actor when it comes to everything from spying, industrial espionage and intellectual property theft, to say nothing of contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2003 SARS outbreak because of its initial obsession with secrecy.

How many more warnings does the Trudeau government need from Canadian security experts and our international allies about their security concerns?

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance has expressed this view. So has Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians. So have three of our intelligence-gathering allies in what is known as the Five Eyes network.

The U.S., Australia and New Zealand, have banned Huawei from developing 5G. A senior Trump advisor was in Canada earlier this month delivering yet another warning. Britain has restricted Huawei’s role in developing its 5G network because of security concerns.

To be fair, Vance has said there are ways to manage the security risks of using Huawei. But again, good judgment and common sense need to play a role in making these decisions.

Canadians are doing so, given a December Angus Reid Institute poll showing 68% oppose Huawei being involved in Canada’s development of 5G, compared to only 21% who favour it, with 10% undecided.

Why would we, based on the precautionary principle alone, allow Huawei access to developing our 5G network when the best that can be said of doing so by security experts is that while it’s a potential risk, there’s ways to mitigate it?

Why not just say, “no”? Now.


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