Canada wants RIM organic growth, may have to review handset sale

OTTAWA Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:59am EST

OTTAWA Jan 22 (Reuters) - The Canadian government wants BlackBerry maker Research in Motion to continue to be a global leader and grow organically, and Ottawa may have to review a future sale of its handset business, Industry Minister Christian Paradis said on Tuesday.

"We hope to see RIM remain a global leader and player, and make sure it grows organically," Paradis told Reuters by phone from Germany, where he is meeting with industrial leaders.

He also said the government did not intend at present to open up Canada's telecommunications sector further to foreign investment.