Privacy Concerns for Canadians

January 27, 2016


The Honourable Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6


Dear Minister Bains,

 I am writing you today to express my concerns with the recent sale of the Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s Allstream Unit to a U.S. firm—Zayo Group.  It is my understanding that your government allowed this transaction to proceed with no formal review.

 I am sure you are aware that Allstream handles data for numerous Federal Departments including the Department of Defense, the Canada Revenue Agency, RCMP and Environment Canada.  In fact the Government of Canada recently renewed their contractual relationship to receive IP communications service from Allstream for the next seven years.

As a result of this sale Allstream and the data it manages falls under the authority of US legislation such as the Patriot Act.  Allstream could be compelled to disclose sensitive, classified information to the US authorities as a result of this transaction.

 This situation begs several pertinent questions that must be answered.

Why did you choose to allow the sale of Allstream to proceed without a formal review?

What measures has your government undertaken to ensure that sensitive government data is not compromised?

This issue demands your urgent attention—Canadians are concerned that crucial and confidential information is now potentially unsecured.  I am strongly urging you to take immediate action to ensure the vulnerabilities to sensitive data created by this transaction are rectified without delay.

I look forward to your reply.


(original signed by) 

Brian Masse MP

Windsor West