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An employee operates equipment at Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan’s mine in Lanigan, Saskatchewan.
An employee operates equipment at Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan’s mine in Lanigan, Saskatchewan.
(Courtesy of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan/)

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Look out, Saskatchewan – there’s a potash showdown coming

The federal government’s move last week to limit state ownership of Canadian oil sands developers won’t be the last challenge to domestic natural resources policy. Natural gas could be next, but a bigger issue will be the inevitable showdown over Saskatchewan potash.

If you thought the debate was settled when Ottawa nixed BHP Billiton PLC’s bid for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan two years ago, think again. BHP, the world’s largest mining company, is still very much on the scene, and will influence government industrial policy decisions over the coming decade.