Warner, Rubio urge Trudeau to reconsider Huawei inclusion in Canada’s 5G network

Lloyd Doyle
October 15, 2018

Two leading US lawmakers, both sharp critics of China, urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to consider dropping China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] from helping to build next-generation 5G telecommunications networks.

Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecommunications network gear, criticized the Australian ban as "politically motivated".

They wrote: "As you are aware, Huawei is not a normal private-sector company".

One of them-Mr. Ward Elcock, former Deputy Minister of National Defence-told the Globe and Mail on March 18, 2018, "I have a pretty good idea of how signal-intelligence agencies work and the rules under which they work and their various operations", concluding that, "I would not want to see Huawei equipment being incorporated into a 5G network in Canada". "There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party - and Huawei is no exception".

Due to the open nature of intelligence sharing between the USA and its closest allies, the Canadian government would be able to obtain knowledge of any specific threats that substantiate the US posture toward the Chinese company.

Huawei surpassed Apple to become the second biggest smartphone seller this year.

Rubio and Warner say they are anxious about "Canadian national security" and damage to the "Five Eyes" joint intelligence project. Lawmakers caution that by allowing companies linked to the Chinese government to build 5G infrastructure, the US and its close allies (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.) would be inviting the fox to guard the henhouse. The pair wants Canada to follow the lead of the USA and Australia in blocking Huawei from supplying 5G equipment.

A spokesman for Huawei did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

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