Interesting to note that apparently Microsoft approached RIM last summer but was rebuffed. Amazon and Facebook are also mentioned suitors as is a Chinese company, ZTE, the latter being viewed as a candidate who would raise the objection of the U.S. government.
If it does become a possibility, the piece suggests that the Harper government would nix a foreign takeover.
RIM is also a point of pride for the Canadian government, which has been increasingly reluctant to let foreign companies buy major domestic corporations. In a recent news conference, Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, offered a note of support for RIM, saying “we all know this is an important Canadian company.”Despite the many hurdles and considerations, it could yet become a political issue in 2012.