OTTAWA – Conservative Official Opposition Public Safety critic, Tony Clement, said today that the Chinese takeover of Montreal-based ITF Technologies, a leader in fibre-laser technology, is a proof the Liberal government will sell-off national security to curry favour with the regime in Beijing.
National security agencies warned Ottawa that allowing a Chinese firm, O-Net Technology Group, to take over ITF would undermine a technological advantage that Western militaries have over China.
“We now have proof the Prime Minister is willing to place China’s interests ahead of Canada’s. He disregarded advice from our security establishment, and dismissed the threat to Canada’s national security in his reckless courtship of Chinese investment,” said Clement. “This does not bode well for Canada’s interests, especially in a Canada/China trade deal. How much more is Trudeau willing to give away?”
The former Conservative government halted the takeover by the Chinese firm, O-Net, in 2015 due to the national security concerns, but the Liberals have now quashed that order and want to re-look at the deal.
Announcement of the deal`s reversal comes just days after China’s new envoy to Canada, Ambassador Lu Shaye, made comments that Beijing is seeking unfettered access for Chinese state-owned firms to all key sectors of the Canadian economy during free-trade talks. He also said and that human rights and national security concerns from Canada will be disregarded, and cannot be used as a “bargaining chip”.
“Any free trade deal with China needs to take Canadian security concerns into account. Any conditions would be meaningless and should be ignored,” said Clement. “Justin Trudeau`s admiration for the Chinese regime, his relenting to Beijing`s every whim, and his fondness for Chinese billionaires is deeply worrisome.”