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Entries by Diane Francis from 10/2012

No Need for Manners in Nexen Deal, Canada

| Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Business

Clearly, China is testing whether this Boy Scout of a nation will roll over. Turning down Nexen should be mark the beginning of a Canadian conversation about governance. Canada must decide what kind of table will be set to encourage investment here, who will be invited to dine and how guests must behave. Otherwise, Canada itself will become dinner. There should be no compromise and a turndown need not be difficult, won't burn any bridges and can be done elegantly in this way.

How the Nexen Deal Could Dent Our Pipeline

| Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Business

If the CNOOC/Nexen approval is given, before the Keystone pipeline is approved, a new set of questions for the Americans will be opened up. Letting China Inc. have special access could give President Obama a reason not to approve Keystone, and could also Romney, if he wins, a reason to consider not approving the line as he has pledged to do on Day One.

Everything You Need to Know About the Shiny Stuff

| Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Business

Pierre Lassonde, one of the world's foremost experts on gold, says the only way's up for the shiny stuff. He should know and has made his fortune in the gold game. This week, he spoke at a mining seminar in Toronto organized by mining consultant Terry Ortsland, Chair of the Mineral Resource Analyst Group.

Marijuana and the Election: Time to Start Asking Blunt Questions

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Politics

On November 6, three states have on their ballots the outright legalization of marijuana -- Washington, Oregon and Colorado. So far, support is strong and bipartisan. The last such vote occurred in 2010 in California where a state-sanctioned referendum on legalization narrowly lost. So you may not hear about the marijuana issue in debates or from the campaign stump, and in polls, but people south of the border are taking the matter into their own hands.

The Russians Are Coming Too

| Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics

Sovereign-owned or controlled enterprises (SOEs) from questionable countries have no business in the boardrooms of Canada or other free enterprise nations. This concern about SOEs is not just about China. Russia is another questionable regime with companies investing here and all over the world that are owned by The Kremlin or by oligarchs who answer to it.