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Nexen Inc. logo at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Harper government is buying itself some more time to deal with a political hot potato. It is extending its review of the controversial $15.1-billion bid by a Chinese state-owned company to acquire Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc (TSX:NXY).THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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Nexen Inc. logo at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Harper government is buying itself some more time to deal with a political hot potato. It is extending its review of the controversial $15.1-billion bid by a Chinese state-owned company to acquire Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc (TSX:NXY).THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Nexen Inc. logo at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Harper government is buying itself some more time to deal with a political hot potato. It is extending its review of the controversial $15.1-billion bid by a Chinese state-owned company to acquire Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc (TSX:NXY).THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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