Curtis: Who benefits from applying the ‘net benefit test’ to the CNOCC-Nexen deal?
- Curtis: Will the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations progress in the coming months?
- Curtis: What regional and/or international challenges are most pressing for the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, respectively?
- Curtis: Are criticisms of the preliminary nuclear accord with Iran prescient or paranoid?
The net benefit test will be very difficult to apply in this case; we are in new territory. The purchaser is a state-owned enterprise (SOE) with objectives that could be multifold—-commercial, political, strategic….an assessment of net benefit will have to sort out each possibility and put it in the larger context of perception and/or reality: is Canada open or not and to what extent and under which circumstances?