Whether it wants to or not, the federal government will have to make a decision within the next 30 days on whether to allow a Chinese telecommunications company get involved in Canada’s 5G network.
All opposition parties united in the House of Commons yesterday to pass a conservative motion, which calls for the liberals to make a decision on whether to allow Huawei Technologies to be involved in the 5G wireless network.
Peace River-Westlock MP, Arnold Viersen is one of 176 Parliamentarians that voted in favour of the motion.
“It has been five years since it has come to light that Huawei has been working with the Chinese Communist Party,” says Viersen.
He also explained there is another aspect of the motion that asks the government to come up with a plan to combat what the motion calls the intimidation of Canadians by China.
“It also calls on the Canadian Government to undertake some efforts to limit the foreign influence of the Chinese Government in Canada,” explains Viersen.
“For the Chinese nationals that live here in Canada, we want to ensure they can live here in peace.”
The motion calls for the government to come up with a “robust plan” to combat China’s growing influence in Canada, and present it within 30 days.
When talking about intimidation from the Chinese Government, Viersen says Canada can take a page out of Australia’s book.
“They (Australia’s Government) identified that this is Chinese influence and they are working to ensure that those who are there to study can do so in freedom,” he points out.
While the motion calls on the federal government to make a decision within 30 days, Viersen says the Tory position on Huawei is clear.
“The conservatives have been clear that Huawei would not be welcome to participate in our 5G network; that’s our decision but we are just asking for the government to make a decision.”
Viersen also had a chance to address remarks this week by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau on a reset for Canada aimed at tackling climate change and poverty.
“The language is concerning,” states Viersen.
“My grandparents came to Canada after the second world war because they saw Canada as the liberator of the Netherlands and a great place of opportunity.”
“We need to get Canadians back to work, we don’t need a great reset.”
“I have talked to hundreds of people across the riding and I am thinking in particular of Isaac, who lives in McLennan but is originally from the Middle East.”
Isaac just recently lost his job and he wants his job back, not a reset on the country.”
– Kenny Trenton, Trending 55 Newsroom