Ottawa, ON — Raquel Dancho, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Safety, and Gerard Deltell, Conservative Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry, issued the following statement after the government announced it will ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network:

“For years, Conservatives have been calling on the Liberal government to respect the consensus among our Five Eyes allies and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network, and for years, the Liberal government’s lack of action on this decision has been an international embarrassment.

“By last year, all of Canada’s Five Eyes allies had either banned or severely restricted the use of Huawei in their 5G infrastructure due to security concerns and the protection of economic interests. Conservatives repeatedly called on the Trudeau government to do the right thing and listen to security experts and the calls from our allies – but they refused.

“In the years of delay, Canadian telecommunications companies purchased hundreds of millions of dollars of Huawei equipment which will now need to be removed from their networks at enormous expense. Either the Liberal government is going to be asked for compensation from these companies or costs will be passed on to consumers. In either case, Justin Trudeau is forcing Canadians to bear the cost of his inaction and failure.

“Justin Trudeau’s delay in banning Huawei has damaged our allies’ confidence in Canada as a reliable ally and damaged the public’s confidence that this government will defend the national interest.

“We will continue to stand up for our national security and Canada’s interests at home and abroad.”