More major (insidious, inscrutable?) investment:
Chinese telecom giant to invest $210M in Ontario, creating 325 jobs
Andy Wong / AP
For Kathleen Wynne, who has been promoting Ontario in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing since Sunday, Huawei’s investment is a huge boost at a time when the province is striving to attract high-technology jobs.BEIJING—Premier Kathleen Wynne is concluding her trade mission to China with a bang after telecom giant Huawei announced it will invest $210 million to create 325 jobs in Ontario over the next five years.The Chinese company currently has 550 employees in Canada — most in Markham and in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata — and wants to dramatically expand because its Ontario-based operations have been so successful.Huawei Canada [website here] president Sean Yang said the province has been home to one of the massive firm’s 16 worldwide research and development centres since 2010.
Yang said the Ontario hub “has established itself as one of the global leaders in advanced communications technology, including 5G.”..
The Ontario government’s news release:
Premier’s China Trade Mission Helps Ontario Businesses Grow
Ontario Secures Almost $1 Billion in New Investments to Create More Than 1,800 Jobs
But keep in mind:
The company is seen as having ties to the Chinese government and has faced claims that its equipment could facilitate espionage, which it has repeatedly denied. It scaled back efforts to win business in the United States after a congressional committee said in 2012 that the company was a threat to national security and advised against installation of its gear in government computer systems.
Huawei has also encountered skepticism from the Canadian federal government, which reportedly blocked it from bidding on a contract for a government telecom and e-mail network in 2012 [see also: “Cyber Security: Canada to Crack Down on Huawei? Plus US Congress“]. Last year, before Ottawa eventually rejected a deal for Egyptian firm Accelero Capital Inc. to purchase MTS Inc.’s Allstream division on national security grounds, one of Accelero’s concessions was said to be that it not use Huawei equipment in the Allstream network.
However, Huawei has supplied equipment for BCE Inc. and Telus Corp.’s shared wireless network as well as for SaskTel and a number of smaller carriers and ICT companies and its handsets are sold by many Canadian wireless carriers…