Most Canadians Want to Contain Huawei Ban and “China’s Growth Potential”: Polls

More and more Canadians believe that the federal government should ban Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies from participating in the country’s 5G networks. New poll find.

According to a survey conducted by the Nanos Research for the Globe and Mail, 76% of Canadians oppose Huawei’s participation in the country’s telecommunications 5G network. This is up from 53% in favor of the 2019 ban.

Only 10% of respondents say China’s telecommunications should be allowed to supply 5G kits to Canada. This is down from 22% of the 2019 poll.

Canada is the only country in the Five Eyes information sharing alliance consisting of Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, and despite the United States’ strong efforts to tackle this issue for many years, Huawei And have not made any decisions regarding 5G. Warning of national security threat posed by Beijing.

In late September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his cabinet would decide whether to ban Huawei “in the coming weeks.”

“We continue to consider different options, but we’re sure we’ll announce them in the coming weeks,” Trudeau said at his first press conference since his reelection a week ago on September 28. ..

The latest poll surveyed 1,017 Canadians between September 30th and October 3rd, supporting the majority of Canadians joining the allies to “contain China’s growth potential.” I found out that I was doing it. 78% of respondents chose to “support” or “somewhat support” in collaboration with the United States, United Kingdom and Australia to develop policies to counter the communist regime.

The survey also reported that 69 percent of respondents were against it. Canada negotiations Free trade agreements with Beijing at this time increased by 22 percent from 2019, but supporters of such agreements decreased from 43 percent in 2019 to 19 percent this year.

Opinion polls show that sentiment towards the Chinese administration continues after the release of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

“Canadians are more than three times more likely to say that the relationship between the Canadian and Chinese governments should be unfriendly rather than friendly,” a poll said.

Meng arrested in Vancouver on December 1, 2018 for U.S. delivery request related to fraud allegedly misleading HSBC in 2013 for Huawei’s commerce in Iran, in violation of U.S. sanctions it was done. A few days later, on December 10, Kobrig and Spaver were detained in China on unfounded charges.

Meng was allowed to plead not guilty under a postponed prosecution agreement with a U.S. prosecutor signed on September 24, but agreed to accusate her as specified in the facts. I had to do it. On the same day, a Canadian court removed her bail terms and allowed her to return to China, two Michaels were also released and returned to Canada.

Polls conducted through hybrid phones and online surveys are considered accurate within 19 out of 20 +/- 3.1 percentage points.

With a file from Reuters

Isaac Theo


Isaac is a Toronto-based reporter.