Minister of Public Security Ralph Goodale is calling for reports that Canada will join some of its allies of five fathers in the ban on Huawei's telecom giant from the 5G "speculation" network.
This week, Sydney Morning Herald reported that Ottawa officially banned Huawei's technology company and the second-largest Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer in a matter of weeks.
An Australian article said that the Alliance for the Intelligence Sharing of Five Eyes met in July in New Scotland and talked about what to do about Huawei.
While Goodale confirmed that the meeting had taken place, he rejected the ban's speech as "speculation".
"The problems are carefully studied by the Canadians. We have not come to a conclusion," said CBC Radio House.
Goodale said that the meeting included security agencies, not the Cabinet of Ministers.
Most of the Canadian partners in the Five Fathers Alert Alliance 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 the Chinese government's spyware. In August, US President Donald Trump signed a law on imposing restrictions on government contracts with Huawei and ZTE, raising concerns about national security.
And last month, BT Group BT said it would remove Huawei equipment from existing 3G and 4G mobile operations.
Canada is leading a comprehensive review of the 5G Technology Movement, which is expected to bring faster connections and increase data capacity.
Goodale was questioned about the Australian report after a major national security speech at the Empire Club in Toronto today, which touched on Canadian digital infrastructure.
"Digital technologies are enriching our lives in many ways, and their basic infrastructure is a complex infrastructure on which our economy and modern society depend. Our most sensitive personal and financial information is floating in the cloud," Goodale told the crowd, adding to foreign countries, the armies , terrorist groups, organized crime and small thieves are trying to kill Canada's digital infrastructure millions times a day.
The essential point is the weakest link. He can transfer the entire house of cards and make irreparable damage.– Minister of Public Security Ralph Goodale
"Imagine what would be the damage that would result from compromising a large digital infrastructure system – in telecommunications, for example, in banking or transport, or in healthcare or energy transmission."
Some national security experts have warned that Chinese companies will not be able to access such critical infrastructure.
The government has not yet said when this is a 5G review report. Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne told the Canadian Press Agency that the government would not burn.
Five eyes expressed concern
Huawei has long insisted that it is not a state-controlled company and denies intelligence work for the Chinese government. However, Chinese law requires companies to "support, participate and participate in national intelligence."
Canada's relationship with Huawei is under pressure now that officials arrested the chief financial officer of Meng Wanzhou on a request for extradition from the United States.
This week, the Conservative Opposition called on the Trudeau government to give Huawei no more than Canadian 5G infrastructure.
"This is a major security threat, and this government does not want to do anything about it," said Conservative MP Dan Albas.
Earlier this month, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, David Vigneault, said his agency had already seen the state-sponsored state-sponsored espionage spree in areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum technology and 5G wireless technology.
Business standards are coming
Goodale also announced new legislation that would set standards for cyber security for Canadian companies.
"The key point is the weakest link that could reduce the entire house of the cards and make irreparable damage. These connections should be avoided as much as possible," he said in his speech.
Later, he explained that the new legislation coming into the new year would set up business and business responsibilities to prevent cyber attacks.
The standards would include online business practices and customer and employee procedures.
"In most such hacker incidents, a hacker exploits a defect or a gap in the security system set up by the company," he said.