| OTTAWA, March 18
OTTAWA, March 18 Canada's industry minister on
Monday said he hoped BlackBerry would remain a national
champion but added he did not know what would happen to the
mobile device maker, given the "very aggressive"
"We never know what can happen but I've said - and I truly
believe this - I hope BlackBerry will continue to be a Canadian
champion in the world, that it grows organically," Christian
Paradis told Reuters in an interview in his office.
He continued: "This is my opinion here but that being said,
we don't know what might happen. The market is very aggressive.
When you talk about the telecoms sector ... this is a very very
The head of China's Lenovo Group Ltd told a French
newspaper last week that the firm might consider an acquisition
of BlackBerry at some point in the future.
Paradis said that if Lenovo did make a bid, the Canadian
government could examine it using national security guidelines
designed to block foreign governments from gaining control over
crucial parts of the economy.
"As the Industry Minister I don't want to send a signal and
I don't want it to look like I prejudged a deal or not," he
Industry analysts, noting the domestic furor caused when
Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd last year made a bid for
Canadian energy firm Nexen Inc, say it is highly unlikely Ottawa
would allow BlackBerry to be sold to a Chinese firm.