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In Vancouver Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou remains under house arrest, facing extradition to the United States. In mainland China Canadian citizens continue to be detained—with one previously-convicted individual facing a sudden retrial and resulting, perhaps arbitrary, death sentence. In this tense and escalating climate two of our Big Three carriers are taking steps to defend their use of Huawei infrastructure and handsets.

Mobile Syrup reported over the weekend that some 30,000 Telus employees have received an internal memo from VP Eros Spadotto (great mob boss name, btw) detailing the innovative-centric (?) partnership between Telus and their Chinese equipment supplier:

"Huawei remains a viable and reliable participant in the Canadian telecommunications space, bolstered by globally leading innovation, comprehensive security measures, and new software upgrades."
Now another memo has leaked from Bell, instructing customer-facing employees to defend the carrier's sales of Huawei-made handsets:

“The debate around Huawei involves the potential use of its wireless infrastructure equipment in new 5G wireless networks, which have yet to be launched. There are no concerns about the Huawei smartphones offered to Canadian consumers by Virgin Mobile/Bell and most other wireless providers.”
While it would be nice to have the full text of these memos for context, one should still be able to appreciate the predicament that Bell and Telus are in, sharing infrastructure and, at least with Telus, a billion-dollar investment in Huawei 5G gear. It seems inevitable to me that Canada will follow the lead of other Five Eyes partners (most notably the US) and ban Huawei from our networks, sooner rather than later. That's bad news for Bell and Telus, but I imagine not quite so bad as being detained in a foreign country.

Sources: CBC, Financial Post, Mobile Syrup (1) (2)