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National Security "takes first" of the Huawei 5G review: the Minister of Infrastructure

Canadian Press

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018 12:28 EST

Last updated Monday, 10 December 2018 12:51 EST

OTTAWA – Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said that national security should take the lead in deciding whether to allow Huawei Technologies to participate in the development of Canada's 5G telecommunication network.

In an interview, Champagne says Canada should be reasonable and rely on the entrance of its intelligence services before deciding whether the Chinese company should be part of the next-generation mobile network.

Former security officials in Canada and two members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee have warned that Huawei's involvement could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies.

Huawei emphasizes that he is not a state-controlled company, and denies being involved in intelligence on behalf of any government.

Champagne says alliance listening is part of the reconsideration process, but he has full faith in Canadian intelligence officers to provide the best advice to the government.

He does not discuss the timing of the decision, noting that the process is too important to rush and rotate the corners.

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