Huawei arrest fuels anxiety over security
The ‘just trust us line’ is not helpful, says public safety critic
French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped fuel taxes on Wednesday following widespread resistance by France’s “Yellow Vests.” Climate experts say, however, that carbon taxes are necessary in the fight against global warming. The federal government is facing harsher criticism for Canada’s continued involvement with China’s Huawei Technologies after the chief financial officer of the controversial telecom was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday.
Canada’s Justice Department says the United States is seeking Wanzhou Meng’s extradition but is not providing further details about the case because of a court-ordered publication ban.
Meng, who is also Huawei’s deputy chairwoman on the board, is currently in custody, according to Vancouver Supreme Court records. The court will proceed with her bail hearing Friday morning.
The Chinese telecommunications giant is currently in partnership with leading Canadian universities across the country as well as companies such as Telus, with whom it is developing interconnected 5G networks in Canada.
Matthew Dubé, New Democrat MP and critic for public safety and emergency preparedness, told StarMetro the opposition has heard concerns from Canada’s allies.
“The big challenge that we face (is) that there’s a lot of questions that remain unanswered ... The ‘just trust us’ line that we’ve been getting ... is not necessarily helpful,” Dubé said. Both the United States and Australia have banned the company from participating in the construction of 5G networks because of security concerns, and Washington has been increasing pressure on Canada, Britain and New Zealand to follow suit. Canada is a member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance with the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
Last month, New Zealand became the third “Five Eyes” member to ban domestic telecommunications operators from using Huawei’s equipment on national security grounds. Dubé said even the opposition is currently in the dark about Ottawa’s response to mounting criticism from allies, experts and the general public regarding its ongoing silence.
Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng was arrested in B.C. Saturday, prompting renewed calls from critics and experts for caution.