Finally, Canada is taking notice of Huawei, which has provided all the transmitters for Telus’s microcells and is a partner in the pilot projects for 5G in Vancouver.  Why has it taken so long for Ottawa to even notice that this Chinese agent is involved in our infrastructure? Who knows what else they are involved in.  I suspect there is much more to this.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is increasingly alarmed about the national-security threat from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications network equipment. Now, he’s working with key Canadian allies to limit its ambition to become a world leader in next-generation 5G wireless technology.

In recent weeks, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national-security adviser, John Bolton, discussed the issue directly with Canada, stressing the need for both a continental China strategy that deals with the country’s economic might and also more narrowly to block Huawei from dominating 5G telecommunications technology. The Globe and Mail also learned that Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government dominated secret intelligence talks on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit in London on April 19-20.

Canadian officials will not say what measures Canada might take against Huawei, but the senior government insider said national-security officials have been consulting their counterparts in Australia, which is reportedly preparing to ban Huawei from supplying equipment for its planned 5G wireless network. Huawei has already been virtually shut out of the giant U.S. market because of national-security concerns and effectively banned from that country’s future 5G network.