Potash and BlackBerries: Is all foreign investment the same?

If RIM is targeted by foreign investors, the Canadian government will face tough choices regarding net benefits to Canada and implications for national security, argues Laura Dawson.  In a commentary for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute entitled Potash and BlackBerries: Should Canada treat all foreign direct investment the same? Dawson argues while the sale of Canada’s flagship intellectual property (IP) company to a foreign entity might do “symbolic damage” to the country’s image, Canada’s national pride “would certainly survive the end of RIM.” While different investors and different sectors have to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the Investment Canada Act and recent amendments provide an adequate framework to protect Canadian interests.   Further reading:  Foreign buyer for RIM could create net benefit for Canada (OpEd)

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