OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he expects to see whether Huawei Technologies should be banned from Canada’s 5G wireless network rollout in the coming weeks.
Speaking to reporters on media availability on Tuesday, Trudeau said his government was still looking at various options, but “looks forward to sharing decisions on a number of different issues in the coming weeks, including telecommunications and Huawei.” Huh.”
His remarks came after the release of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig from a Chinese prison last week after the US Justice Department reached an agreement with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to pursue a deferred prosecution.
Spavor and Kovrig were detained on espionage charges on December 10, 2018, days after Meng’s arrest in Vancouver on a US warrant related to Huawei’s business deals in Iran.
China keeps Canadians in prison and their subsequent release is not linked to Meng’s case.
Canada is the only remaining member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that has not restricted or restricted Huawei in its implementation of the network.
Former diplomats and international security experts have speculated that the federal government was holding off on decision-making because of the uncertain fates of Spavor and Kovrig and that imposing outright sanctions on the telecommunications giant could worsen an already charged situation.
Now that both individuals are free, the liberals will face enormous pressure.
During the election campaign, the Conservative Party vowed to formally implement the Huawei ban and pledged to investigate “the company’s role in providing surveillance capabilities used against the Uighur people and other persecuted minorities in China.” Gave.”
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has long called on Trudeau to respond more aggressively to Canada and the threat of Chinese influence on the world stage.
On Tuesday, Trudeau thanked those involved in the release of Spavor and Kovrig.
“I want to think of all the incredible public servants, diplomats and officials who worked incredibly hard to reach this moment, as well as thank our allies and allies around the world, who work with Canada and Standing in solidarity with these two Canadians in particular,” he said.
After 1,019 days in Chinese custody, both men touched in calgary Saturday morning and was greeted by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau.