Dan Moulton, an Ottawa-based senior consultant at Crestview Strategy, has registered to communicate on behalf of the Chinese technology company with five government departments, members of Parliament, senators, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and its civil service counterpart, the Privy Council Office (PCO). He will communicate with government officials about Huawei’s “current and long term investments” in Canada, including “the employment of more than 900 Canadians,” as well as the impact on consumers of “5G technology provided by Huawei,” according to the registration. “We do not publicly comment on our work with clients,” Moulton said in a statement to The Logic. Huawei Canada president Eric Li is already registered to lobby the government, but on a largely different list of topics including the country’s foreign direct investment policies, its role in international telecommunications-standards bodies and the company’s collaborations with academic and research institutions. (The Logic)
Talking point: The Canadian government is currently conducting a security review of Huawei’s potential participation in 5G networks, and carriers have warned that they will face higher costs if the company is banned. Moulton’s registration suggests that the Chinese firm plans to send a similar message—it states he’s set to talk “about the value of Huawei Canada’s continued partnership with telecommunications companies.” It also indicates a desire to escalate the file within the government—Li is not registered to lobby the PMO or PCO. Chris Pereira, senior manager of public affairs at Huawei Canada, confirmed that the company had engaged Crestview “to communicate on a variety of subjects” on its behalf; he did not directly answer questions about whether those included the security review and the ongoing extradition case involving CFO Meng Wanzhou.