Curtis: Who benefits from applying the ‘net benefit test’ to the CNOCC-Nexen deal?
Adjunct Professor at Queen's University and Chair of Statistics Canada's Advisory Committee on International Trade Statistics
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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?