Former head of Canada’s Security Intelligence Agency: Banning Huawei’s influence on Canada will be ‘limited’

The former head of Canada’s spy agency believes that even if Huawei’s 5G network is banned, China will only cause “limited” harm to Canada and its five-eyed allies, according tomedia Nation Post. “From Canada’s point of view, I think the harm that China has done to any of us is limited. “

“It’s not the same pain vietnam, Malaysia or some countries in the world that might feel,” said Richard Fadden, a former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). “Fadden’s reference to “our country” refers to members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance: Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Former head of Canada's Security Intelligence Agency: Banning Huawei's influence on Canada will be 'limited'

“Huawei 5G is banned and everyone reacts and says, ‘China is so important that we can’t compete with it.’ ‘I would argue that if we say no to China, our country will not suffer substantial harm in the medium to long term. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper added.

Two American experts were quick to agree with his assessment.

“China is impressive as an economic power. But if you look at the actual figures, we are relatively dependent on Chinese trade. Martin Rajaser, a former senior intelligence officer at the CIA, said.

Canada has yet to decide whether to allow Huawei to bid for a key 5G infrastructure. And last week, the U.S. said it would re-evaluate intelligence sharing with Canada if the Trudeau government allowed Huawei to enter 5G.

In an interview with the National Post on Tuesday, Mr. Fadden said that “it’s time for the government to make a decision” that should ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.