MASSE QUESTIONS INDUSTRY MINISTER ON SALE OF NORTEL
September 18th, 2009 - 5:09pm
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): And they are proud of that legislation being passed, Mr. Speaker.
The Minister of Industry claims there are no national security concerns with the foreign takeover of Nortel. How can he know this when a review which involves multiple agencies did not happen?
Let us be clear there is no threshold when it comes to a national security review.
When RIM purchased the company Certicom, it was reviewed by the United States. This Canadian firm purchased a Canadian company, in Canada, and the U.S. reviewed it. No wonder the U.S. does not take our government's security plans seriously.
Canadian taxpayers have contributed millions, if not billions, in Nortel. Why is the minister abandoning Canadian taxpayers and abandoning decisions about research and technology's cutting edge to foreign interests?
Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Industry, CPC): Mr. Speaker, in fact, we did do a national security review on this particular auction and transaction. I did consult with the Minister of Public Safety on that review, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The conclusion was unanimous that there were no national security issues in this case. In fact, one of the reasons was that all of the technology that is currently available is shared by at least 100 countries.
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in his response to my question, the Minister of Industry referred to a report and I would ask that report be tabled in the House, as is customary.