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432-00124 (Foreign affairs)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:

There are concerns that Huawei telecommunication is not fully independent of its government which reserves the right to require companies to assist with intelligence gathering. The repercussions will impact seriously on the Five Eyes Alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America) as the USA has warned about the possibility of its withdrawal from the alliance should Huawei be contracted to develop our 5G system.

As far back as 2003, Huawei was accused of stealing intellectual property, including from U.S.-based network hardware maker, Cisco. Huawei has been accused of stealing other companies' intellectual property and violating international economic sanctions.

Technology developed and managed by Huawei is being used to control and restrict Chinese citizens, especially minorities such as the Uyghurs and Tibetans in violation of international human rights codes.

In conclusion, we feel acceptance of the Huawei telecommunications system would be a serious threat to Canada's autonomy, its core values and its national sovereignty.

Therefore, we the petitioners request the House of Commons to Ban Huawei's equipments from being used to build Canada's 5G networks.

Response by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): Joël Lightbound, M.P

While we cannot comment on specific companies, an examination of emerging 5G technology and the associated security and economic considerations is underway. We want to make sure Canadians have access to the most beneficial 5G technology.  

At the same time we want to make sure they are safe and that their systems are not compromised. We are taking all scientific and security factors into account, including those from our Allies and our security agencies

Regarding the security of Canada’s existing 3G/4G/LTE telecommunications infrastructure, the Canadian Security Review Program is in place to mitigate cyber security risks. The Communications Security Establishment actively engages with Canadian telecommunications service providers and equipment vendors to help ensure the security of today’s existing Canadian telecommunications infrastructure.

The program has been in place since 2013, and has helped mitigate risks stemming from designated equipment and services under consideration for use in Canadian 3G/4G/LTE telecommunications networks. To date, this program has led to:

  • excluding designated equipment in sensitive areas of Canadian networks;
  • mandatory assurance testing in independent third-party laboratories for designated equipment before use in less sensitive areas of Canadian networks; and,
  • restricting outsourced managed services across government networks and other Canadian critical networks.

The Government of Canada will continue to work in partnership with industry stakeholders and our international Allies to protect the critical systems and infrastructure Canadians rely on every day. The safety and security of Canadians is of paramount concern to the Government of Canada and we will ensure that Canada’s public interest is protected.

As mentioned, an examination of emerging fifth generation wireless technology (5G) and the associated security and economic considerations is underway. We are carefully assessing the security challenges and potential threats involved in 5G technology, while recognizing the potential this technology holds for Canadians. The Government of Canada is working with key stakeholders and will pursue an approach that is appropriate for Canadians in due course, while taking our Allies’ advice into consideration.

 

Presented to the House of Commons
Jennifer O'Connell (Pickering—Uxbridge)
October 19, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00124)
Government response tabled
December 2, 2020
Photo - Jennifer O'Connell
Pickering—Uxbridge
Liberal Caucus
Ontario

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