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October 12, 2012

Canada won’t say if national security exemption shuts Chinese company out of communications contract

The Harper government is invoking a “national security exemption” as it hires firms to help build a secure communications network for Canada.
However, it is refusing to say if that exemption — which allows the government to discriminate against companies and nations considered security risks — will be used to block the Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, from getting a contract. FULL ARTICLE

Canada: We’ll boot ‘security risk’ firms from gov network bid race

By Brid-Aine Parnell

The Canadian government has said that it will be invoking a “national security exemption” as it hires firms to build a secure network, hinting that Chinese telco Huawei could be excluded.

The exemption allows the government to kick out of the running any companies or nations considered a security risk, which coming in the wake of the US report earlier this week labelling Huawei and ZTE as security threats, strongly indicates they’re out of the bidding.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s top media spokesman refused to say for sure whether the government had Huawei in mind when invoking the exemption.

“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,” he said, according to theCalgary Herald.  Full Article

Huawei corruption allegations given to FBI

CBC News  Posted: Oct 10, 2012 11:39 AM ET

The U.S. intelligence committee released a scathing report Monday about the security risks of dealing with China’s two leading telecommunications firms, Huawei and ZTE.

Mike Rogers, the head of the committee, is warning that Huawei, now operating in Canada, is a threat to national security north of the border too, the CBC’s Greg Weston reported. Rogers urged Canadian companies not to work with Huawei because the two countries’ telecommunications systems are so integrated that it puts the U.S. at risk.

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