The time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's years of life is over.
Banishment. Huawei. Now.
Proof that the company's controversial integration into our 5G network development carries an unacceptable security risk was so clearly unmasked in a B.C. court on Wednesday.
China's furious reaction to a Superior Court judge, who ruled the extradition process of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to the US can continue, highlights how the interests and actions of the company and the country are one and the same.
The apprehension and detention in a luxury mansion of the daughter of the founder of Huawei should have been a political fight left to the diplomatic corps to resolve.
But by imprisoning and isolating two Canadians in obvious retaliation, cutting off our meat exports on the most fragile pretexts and now threatening unspecified reprisals that could put an important trade connection on the ice, China is taking this very personal case to be just a slap. corporate. the face.
By sacrificing so much for many for the return of one, China proves that the construction and integration of Huawei's telecommunications technology in Canada would be for the benefit of its own corporate and security interests, above all other considerations.
Somehow, China believes that Justin Trudeau should simply ignore the judge and order that Meng's tracking bracelet be removed so that she could be taken home to see Vancouver's premature victory smile in the photo on the front page of China Daily News.
This may be how China sees justice being done, inspired by studying its own reflection in the mirror, but that is not the Canadian way.
Even so, China is betting that everything in our business relationship is too big to fail and that we will capitulate to maintain the connection simply by releasing Meng.
It is true that, although the $ 75 billion in exports to Canada is three times greater than exports to China, it is worth fighting for the preservation of trade.
And yet, public support for strengthening economic ties with China in general, and allowing Huawei to specifically develop 5G, has fallen off a voting cliff, numbers that are likely to fall even further as the source and spread of coronavirus are exploited and the crackdown on security in Hong Kong takes root.
So far, Canadian political leadership has reacted in a way that some consider docile, while others consider it carefully diplomatic.
Ministers obediently (and correctly) sing the explanation of the & # 39; rule of law being followed & # 39; to the slow meandering of Meng through our extradition process.
But they must continue the game beyond the common words of condemning Hong Kong's new security laws passed today and joining the chorus demanding an investigation into China's behavior in curbing the coronavirus outbreak.
And, clearly, with our own military leaders calling for a ban along with our allies from the United States, Australia, Britain and New Zealand, it's time for the Prime Minister to end Huawei's waffle word and make it clear that this technology brand advanced is toast.
Canada cannot sell its principles for economic self-interest, just so that children can play or download movies at lightning speed a few years before other telecommunications provide 5G.
Canada needs to stand up and show China that it dialed the wrong number when asking for Meng's release before our independent court case, despite holding $ 100 billion hostage in bilateral trade.