Ottawa Set To Ban Huawei From Bidding On Telecommunications Work - MEANWHILE Sask Premier Brad Wall Signs Business Deal With 'National Security Risk'
Brad Wall's entire political schtick is to portray himself as a wizard of business and economics. However, signing a deal with Huawei, a Chinese telco is being slammed as risky .. dangerous in fact.
"Ottawa Set To Ban Chinese Firm From Telecommunications Bid
"Citing a rarely used national-security protocol, Ottawa has sent a signal to Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies that it would block the firm from bidding to build the Canadian government’s latest telecommunications and e-mail network.
Shenzen-based Huawei is riding a storm of suspicion. On Monday, a powerful U.S. congressional committee called the company a threat to U.S. security and recommended that its products be excluded from government computer systems. Canada’s national surveillance and cryptology agency, the Communications Security Establishment, has warned the military of potential security risks in installing Huawei’s equipment.The chill in relations with one Chinese company comes as the Harper government works to define an evolving relationship. The Conservatives are contemplating allowing a state-owned Chinese firm to buy a piece of the oil sands and are being encouraged by Beijing to enter into free-trade talks.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper fielding questions about Huawei on Tuesday said Ottawa recently invoked an infrequently used national-security exception that allows it to override trade agreement obligations and restrict bidders on contracts to supply parts of what’s been called Ottawa’s super network: a secure, centralized pipe for e-mail, phone calls and data.
Ottawa is being coy about which countries or suppliers will be locked out. But Mr. Harper’s director of communications hinted strongly that Huawei would be left in the cold.
“The government is going to be choosing carefully in the construction of this network and it has invoked the national security exception for the building of this network,” Andrew MacDougall told reporters during an unrelated briefing.
“I’ll leave it to you if you think that Huawei should be a part of [the] Canadian government security system,” Mr. MacDougall said.
Also Tuesday, one of Canada’s former top spies spoke out against granting Huawei a foothold in Ottawa’s sensitive phone and e-mail system.
“They pose enough of a threat perspective that I wouldn’t let them into any government networks,” Ray Boisvert, who was assistant director of intelligence for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service until he retired six months ago.
“They’re linked and tied to the Chinese state, and in my view they would, when asked, facilitate the interests of the Chinese military or the security intelligence apparatus,” he said of the privately owned Huawei. Mr. Boisvert said damage from economic espionage is now on par with the threat posed by al-Qaeda. “It has become equal to the threat of terrorism. Why? It has such long-term repercussions. The future prosperity of Canadians.”
Globe & Mail
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