Despite warnings against the deal from the Department of Defence and CSIS, the Liberal government has let China take control of a Canadian company with close links to our national security.
In 2015, O-Net Communications based in Hong Kong, China, sought to buy Montreal-based ITF Technologies.
ITF Technologies is described as a world leader in laser technology, which can be used for directed-energy weapons. ITF Technologies had worked closely with Canada’s Department of National Defence, and was closely linked with the National Security of our country.
China wanted to take control of ITF Technologies.
Keep in mind, when we talk about a company in China it’s a very different situation than most countries. The authoritarian Chinese government exercises massive control over their business sector. Any company based in China may as well be run by the Chinese government, and can be taken-over at any time for any reason.
According to the Globe & Mail, that is why “National-security officials were particularly concerned in 2015 about O-Net, according to a source familiar with the earlier assessment, because they considered the Hong Kong firm to be effectively controlled by the Chinese state.”
For that reason, both the Department of National Defence and CSIS had warned against the takeover. They warned that letting China buy ITF Technologies would give China access to advanced technology.
Here is what they said at the time:
“If the technology is transferred, China would be able to domestically produce advanced military laser technology to Western standards sooner than would otherwise be the case, which diminishes Canadian and allied military advantages.”
After national security reports warning against the sale, the Conservative government did the wise thing and blocked it.
Now, Justin Trudeau has reversed that decision and allowed China to take ITF Technologies.
Government won’t tell Canadians details on the deal
The Trudeau government claims they did their own assessment of the deal, and attached “conditions” to it so they could approve it.
A government official told the Globe & Mail, “These conditions are … designed to limit the potential risk that could compromise national security.”
However, both the assessment and the conditions have been kept secret. It’s so secret, the government official wasn’t even authorized to talk about it.
Think about that for a second.
The government admits there are risks to national security, and the best they can do is “limit” them. They came up with “conditions” that the Chinese Government knows, but they won’t tell the Canadian people what those conditions are.
What the hell is going on?
Trudeau is giving China access to Canadian national secrets and giving them a military advantage over democratic nations
The approval of the sale of ITF Technologies to China’s O-Net Communications is incredibly dangerous. It will make Taiwan, Japan, and China’s other neighbours less safe. It will strengthen China in the South China Sea, as directed energy weapon technology could give China the capability to cripple American aircraft carriers in the area.
And it puts Canada at risk, because ITF Technologies worked closely with our national security community, and China may gain access to our national security secrets. Regardless of the “conditions” the Trudeau government naively thinks they’ve put in place, China can just ignore them once the company is in their hands.
Canadians will rightfully see this sale as something that seriously harms our country.
The entire reason we have a Department of National Defence and CSIS is to keep Canada safe. When both advise against a deal and warn it will harm our national security, the government should listen. By ignoring the advice of the experts in order to give China – a communist authoritarian country – potential access to more advanced weapons, the Trudeau government has acted against the best interests of Canada.
Trudeau sells us out to China
Justin Trudeau has shown a disturbing obsession with China. Even before he was elected he said he admired China’s “Basic Dictatorship.” He held Cash-For-Access events where he was lobbied by Chinese billionaires. He let China buy the biggest assisted-living provider in BC, opening up the potential for China to control more of our healthcare system.
We have to face the fact that our Prime Minister often seems to be more loyal to foreign countries than he is to Canada.
Canada must wake up and ensure he is decisively defeated in 2019. And until then, we must keep up the pressure and continue turning public opinion against him.
Canada deserves a leader who will put our country first. Justin Trudeau will never be that leader.
If you’re against Trudeau letting China by ITF Technologies, contact your MP and tell them to stand up for Canada’s interests.