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BHP Hires Canada Prime Minister Advisers for Potash

BHP Billiton Ltd. hired advisers to three Canadian prime ministers to lobby for its $40 billion hostile bid for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc.

Michael Coates, an adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the last three election campaigns, registered for BHP, according to the website of the country’s lobbyist registry. William Pristanski, an aide in the 1980s to former Conservative leader Brian Mulroney, and Bruce Hartley, former assistant to the Liberals’ Jean Chretien, also registered on behalf of BHP.