December 12, 2012

Nexen Deal Proves Harper Is China's Plaything

Heather Mallick, Toronto Star

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Just this once, OK? That sums up Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s terrified assent to China’s $15-billion CNOCC takeover of Calgary-based petroleum producer Nexen. From now on, he promises, he’ll only say yes under “exceptional” circumstances. Harper had offered himself up to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair on a platter, and Mulcair set the platter on fire during question period. It was fun to watch but that’s little comfort. Nexen’s an awful deal for Canadians.

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December 9, 2012
Stephen Harper's Chinese Education
Tim Harper, Toronto Star
Stephen Harper could drag it out and huff and puff and wag his finger and say this time, but never again, but he really had no choice but to approve the Chinese takeover of Nexen. more ››
December 12, 2012
Nexen Controversy Well-Played by Harper
Ian MacDonald, Ottawa Citizen
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Canada, the World's 'Principle' Power
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