Harper calls on NDP to do its homework

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Dec 7, 2012. Harper...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Dec 7, 2012. Harper approved the acquisition of Nexen Inc by CNOOC Limited. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 7:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - Opposition MPs ganged up on the prime minister Monday, calling Stephen Harper a sellout for "rubber-stamping" the $15.1 billion sale of a Calgary oil and gas company to a Chinese state-run firm.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair led the attacks in the Commons saying Harper should reveal the terms and conditions of the sale between Nexen and CNOOC and explain the net benefit to Canada.

He also wanted to know what Harper meant when he said that only under "exceptional circumstances" would state-owned enterprises be permitted to control Canadian companies in the oil patch.

Harper said it would be "extremely unlikely" for a controlling interest takeover by a foreign government in the oilsands to happen again.


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