Is Canada’s Government deliberately jeapardizing the country’s national security?

I always read the news.  Especially when it comes to anything with regard to international politics, military matters, and developments in technology. I just like being in the know.

A recent story on CBC caught my eye and shocked me.  According to the story on CBC News website, influential people in the United States think that Stephen Harper is putting North America’s security at risk by allowing the Chinese company ‘Huawei Technologies” to invest in Canada’s telecom industry.

Apparently even our own Canadian intelligence community thinks Canada should not be allowing Chinese companies to be involved so intricately with Canada’s telecoms.

The CBC story says:

The Harper government’s own Department of Public Safety warned more than a year ago that Canada’s telecommunications network is too important to be left to foreign companies.

In a secret memo written in 2011 and obtained under the Access to Information Act, a senior public safety official says “the security and intelligence community” believes that throwing open the Canadian telecom market to foreign companies “would pose a considerable risk to public safety and national security.”

Michelle K. Van Cleave was the U.S Counter Intelligence Chief during the Bush administration until 2006, and she recently sai:

…the involvement of Huawei Technologies in Canadian telecom networks risks turning the information highway into a freeway for Chinese espionage against both the U.S. and Canada.

Bear in mind this company from China operates at the leave of the Chinese government – apparently they have partnerships with Telus which recently got a $250million contract to provide the Canadian military with secure voice and data services worldwide.

Hhmmm… am I the only one who can see the risk here or what? The real question is if it’s even remotely possible that these companies could be a risk to our security, why does Stephen Harper’s government appear to be putting political ambitions above national security?

I won’t express an opinion on the wisdom of these decisions, but if you can answer that question – you’re smarter than I am!

The Harper government’s own Department of Public Safety warned more than a year ago that Canada’s telecommunications network is too important to be left to foreign companies.

In a secret memo written in 2011 and obtained under the Access to Information Act, a senior public safety official says “the security and intelligence community” believes that throwing open the Canadian telecom market to foreign companies “would pose a considerable risk to public safety and national security.”

Ryan Paul

A British expat living in a state of deep hatred for the types of people produced in Kenora.

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