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Foreign Ownership of Canadian Natural Resources: Canada 2020 Panel Discussion

November 23, 2010
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On November 23, Canada 2020 convened a panel of economic and business experts to address one of the great unresolved questions of Canadian political economy – does it matter who develops our natural resources?

For years, successive federal governments have rubber stamped these foreign takeovers of iconic Canadian natural resource companies like Inco and Falconbridge. The approvals reflected conventional political wisdom in Ottawa that foreign direct investment, not protectionism, is basically a good for the Canadian economy.

Enter the Harper government – and its historic decision to block the takeover of Saskatchewan’s Potash Corporation by Australia’s BHP.  Has 25 years of federal public policy orthodoxy on foreign ownership been thrown out the window? Come and hear national and international experts in the country’s first major debate on this crucial issue.

This free event (host bar) is presented in cooperation with iPolitics.ca and made possible thanks to the kind support of Amgen Canada, AstraZeneca, Bluesky Strategy Group, Inc., Canadian Brewers Association, CIBC, Nexen, Pickworth Investments LP, Plutonic Power Corporation, Scotiabank, Suncor, TELUS, and individual members of the Canada 2020 Founders’ Circle.

Featured Participants

Hon. Roy Romanow

Former Premier of Saskatchewan

Michael Bryant

Ogilvy Renault and former Ontario Attorney General and Minister of Economic Development

Professor Michael Hart

Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

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