Harper Says Canada Not Bound by U.S. Move to Sell GM
Harper, speaking to reporters in Oakville, Ont., said the government will look to maximize value for taxpayers in selling Canada’s shares in the company. At the same, the government doesn’t intend to be a long-term shareholder, he said.
GM said last month it will buy $5.5 billion of its stock from the U.S. Treasury, moving the U.S. a step closer to ending the controversial bailout of the auto industry. The Canadian and Ontario governments together own about 9 percent of GM shares, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Canada “will sell them in a way that attempts to maximize the value for the Canadian taxpayer,” Harper said. “Obviously, in the long term, it is not the intention of the Government of Canada to be an owner in the automobile sector.”
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