Steve Harper, whose credibility is beyond shredded, is pledging to Canadians that he'll never, never, ever, ever let the Chinese government corner a chunk of the Tar Sands - except for this one time. Just this one. No more. Ever. Promise. Unless, of course, it's "exceptional."
While green-lighting the sale, Harper said the mounting wave of
takeovers of Canada’s oilsands by foreign state-owned firms has gone far
enough and will not be allowed to continue except in “exceptional”
“To be blunt, Canadians have not
spent years reducing the ownership of sectors of the economy by our own
governments, only to see them bought and controlled by foreign
governments instead,” Harper told the media after the announcement
“The government’s concern and
discomfort for some time has been that very quickly, a series of
large-scale controlling transactions by foreign state-owned companies
could rapidly transform this (oilsands) industry from one that is
essentially a free market to one that is effectively under control of a
Steve said Beijing's Northern Gateway reach around was just too sublime to refuse. The Alberta government is beside itself with joy. The Nexen sell-out obviously commits Harper to ramming through the Northern Gateway so those Chinese Tar Sands barons can get their sludge across the Pacific. The gloves are off from here on in.