Canada vaguely hints it'll block Huawei from government projects, citing security concerns

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Canada mulls blocking Huawei from government projects citing security concerns

After the hammering Huawei received from the US Congress, it was probably hoping to catch a break north of the border. Unfortunately for Huawei, Canada’s government has obtusely hinted that it, too, would block the company from bidding to build its new secure network. Andrew MacDougall said that it would use national security provisions to avoid international trade laws, and when asked directly about the Chinese company, was quoted as saying “I’ll leave it to you if you think… Huawei should be a part of a Canadian government security system.” However, the telecoms business thinks it can get around the rule, because it has a locally incorporated subsidiary — but given that even the house committee chairman is lobbying against it, we wouldn’t be getting our hopes up.

[Original image credit: The Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick]

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