Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan won't buy any more new tech from Huawei: minister

Saskatchewan's justice minister says his government will follow Ottawa's lead on how to handle the province's relationship with Chinese communications firm Huawei.

SaskTel in a difficult spot after $200M investment, Justice Minister Don Morgan says

A mobile phone made by Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei is displayed in a store in Beijing on August 3, 2015. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty)

Saskatchewan's justice minister says his government will follow Ottawa's lead on how to handle the province's relationship with Chinese communications firm Huawei.

Don Morgan says Crown-owned SaskTel won't be acquiring any new technology from Huawei in the meantime.

He expressed the province's concern during a phone call with federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan says he discussed the province's concerns during a phone call with federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. (CBC)

The United States has unsealed 13 criminal counts of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction against the company and senior executive Meng Wanzhou, who is currently being held in Canada and faces extradition.

Saskatchewan's Opposition NDP has said allegations against Huawei of espionage and security threats could require SaskTel to cut its contract with the company.

Morgan says the charges leave Saskatchewan in a difficult spot as it has invested more than $200 million into Huawei's services.