If the Aecon decision signals an increased (and justified) skepticism by Ottawa vis-à-vis China and its intentions toward the West in general and Canada in particular, that’s a welcome development. But when this government’s national security decisions on Chinese activities since coming to office are taken together, the pattern is alarming rather than reassuring.

If the government is serious now about protecting the security of Canadians in the face of explicit Chinese plans to use their country’s companies to advance Beijing’s interests, they need to be clear, explicit and consistent with this change of heart.

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