September 23, 2013 / 7:10 PM / 4 years ago

Canada government has no comment on private offer for BlackBerry

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Industry Minister James Moore on Monday declined to comment on a tentative deal to take struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) private.

The company logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo, September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

“We have no comment at this time,” Moore spokeswoman Jessica Fletcher said in an e-mail.

Separately, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters in Toronto that he did not comment on private business matters. He made the remark when pressed about news that a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd (FFH.TO) wanted to buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler

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