Ottawa Pressed to Ban Huawei From Canada’s 5G Networks

More than two years after Stanford University shelved its partnership with Huawei over U.S national security concerns and others like Princeton and MIT followed suit, Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) continues to fund university research collaborations with the Chinese tech giant.  This issue, as well as whether Ottawa will finally decide to ban the Chinese tech giant from participating in Canada’s 5G network, came up in Parliament this week as the opposition pressed the government to act.  “The words are written all over the walls, it’s time to ban Huawei. Why is the government continuing to drag its feet?” said Conservative MP James Cumming during question period on Feb. 16.  “All the while this government has partnered with Huawei, to the tune of almost $5 million, to fund university research in Canada. How can this government claim to take human rights seriously, while Huawei equipment is being …

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