The Minister for Public Protection, Ralph Goodale, calls on reports that Canada will join some of Five Eye Allies banning Huawei's major telecommunication to guess a "5G network".
This week, the Sydney Morning Herald said that Ottawa is expected to issue a formal ban on the Huawei and ZTE technical company, China's second largest telecommunication equipment manufacturer, within weeks.
The Australian paper says that information sharing alliance for Five Eyes had met in Nova Scotia in July to discuss what to do about Huawei.
Although Goodale confirmed that the meeting was held, he refused to talk about a ban as "guessing".
"Canadians are considering the issues very carefully. We have not concluded," he told the WBQ Radio The house.
Goodale said the meeting included the security agencies and not cabinet ministers.
Most Canadian partners in the information sharing league in Five Eyes have taken action against the telecommunications company.
New Zealand and Australia have banned the use of Huawei products in their 5G network development, fearing that Huawei could use its access to a spy for Chinese government. In August, President of the U.S. Donald Trump bill imposes restrictions on government contracts with Huawei and ZTE, noting national security concerns.
And earlier this month, BT Group U.K. he would remove Huawei's equipment from existing 3G and 4G mobile operations.
Canada is conducting a comprehensive review of 5G technology movement, which is expected to bring faster connections and more data capability.
Goodale was asked for the Australian report following a wide national security address to the Empire Club in Toronto today, which touched Canada's digital infrastructure.
"Digital technologies enrich our lives in uncomfortable ways and their complex infrastructure depends on our economy and our modern society depends … our most sensitive personal and financial information floats in a cloud," he said. Goodale to the crowd, adding foreign states, soldiers, terrorist groups, organized crime and small thieves trying to hack the Canadian digital infrastructure millions a day.
The crucial point is the weakest link. It can bring the whole house down of cards and make irreparable harm.– Minister for Public Protection, Ralph Goodale
"Imagine the damage that would happen if a major digital infrastructure system was compromised – in telecommunications, for example, or banking, or transport, or transferring healthcare or energy."
Some national security experts have warned against putting a Chinese company to access such essential infrastructure.
The government has not yet said that 5G review report is due. Infrastructure Minister, François -Philippe Champagne at Canadian Press said the government does not want to fight it.
Five Eyes have raised concerns
Huawei has long demanded that a state-controlled company does not deny participation in intelligence work for the Chinese government. However, Chinese law determines that companies must "support, cooperate and cooperate in national intelligence work."
Canada's relationship with Huawei is now under pressure after officials arrested the chief financial officer of the company, Meng Wanzhou, on request extradition from the U.S.
This week he urged the Conservative Opposition to the Trudeau government to keep Huawei away from the 5G infrastructure of Canada.
"This is a big threat of security, and this government refuses to do nothing about it," said Conservative MP Dan Albas.
Earlier this month, David Vigneault, Director of the Intelligence Security Intelligence Service, said that his agency had already seen a tendency from sponsored state sponsorship in areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum technology and 5G wireless technology.
Business standards coming
Goodale also called for new legislation that would set cybersecurity standards for Canadian companies.
"The crucial point is the weakest link. It can bring the whole house down of cards and make irreversible harm. Those contacts need to be avoided as far as possible," he said. his speech.
He later explained that new legislation, which comes to the new year, would set corporate and business responsibilities to prevent cyber attacks.
The standards would cover customer and employee procedures and procedures online.
"In most of these hacking events, the hacker takes advantage of a lack or gap in the security system that a company has set up," he said.