OTTAWA Dec 5 The issue of Chinese and Malaysian
bids for Canadian energy companies did not arise on Wednesday at
the last caucus meeting of the ruling Conservative Party before
the Dec. 10 deadline for deciding on the Chinese offer, four
caucus members said.
Nobody raised the issue, on which politicians have opposing
views, and ministers did not tell Conservative members of
Parliament and senators when to expect a decision.
The government faces a deadline of next Monday to decide on
the bid by China's CNOOC Ltd for Nexen Inc.
It is widely expected to rule on the offer by Malaysia's
Petronas for Progress Energy Resources Corp
at the same time as it makes the Nexen decision.