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Speed Dating or Serious Courtship? Canada and Foreign State-Owned Enterprises


  • Daniel Schwanen

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


Two acquisition bids by foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for Canadian resource companies have raised an array of concerns about their potential impact, ranging from worries about national security and governance standards to reciprocal access to markets. While Ottawa’s current screening rules and guidelines are mostly adequate to address these concerns, mechanisms should be created to more explicitly address possible anti-competitive impacts of SOE investments and to review whether SOEs keep their good governance commitments. If Canada wants to benefit from Asia’s long-term growth potential, there is no getting around the need to facilitate trade, investment and other exchanges with China – and with other economies where the state currently plays a determining role.

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  • Daniel Schwanen, 2012. "Speed Dating or Serious Courtship? Canada and Foreign State-Owned Enterprises," e-briefs 142, C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:142

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    1. Michael Baker & Jonathan Gruber & Kevin Milligan, 2008. "Universal Child Care, Maternal Labor Supply, and Family Well-Being," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 116(4), pages 709-745, August.
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    International Economic Policy; Canada; foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs); foreign trade; foreign investment;

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    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • P33 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - International Trade, Finance, Investment, Relations, and Aid

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