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Canadian government wants BlackBerry to keep the firm in the country

BlackBerry is being urged to stay in Canada by the government as the capital city of Ottawa keeps an eye on the company.

James Moore, Canada’s interior minister, spoke to Reuters and, while he wouldn’t comment on the firm’s dealings, he seemed to suggest the government wants the firm to stay in Canada.

"We want them to do well, keep employing Canadians, keep putting out innovative technologies and platforms, and we're paying close attention,” Moore added.

When talking about the firm’s new Q10 and Z10 smartphones, Moore said it was “unfortunate” they hadn’t been a hit with customers and confirmed that the government is watching the company from afar.

"I know that they're facing their challenges and they're adjusting their firm internally in the way that best suits their interests. [And] all I can say is, we wish them well, and we're keeping a close eye on the situation," Moore said.

The Waterloo, Ontario based firm effectively put the company up for sale earlier this month when a statement confirmed it was to “explore strategic alternatives” that may include an outright sale, joint ventures, partnerships or “other possible transactions”.

So far the only company that has been pegged as a possible buyer has been Chinese technology firm Lenovo, which came after an exec at the company mentioned they may consider a bid for the company. Lenovo’s plan would be to try and boost BlackBerry’s ailing smartphone arm.

BlackBerry’s fall from grace has seen the company’s market share collapse from 50 per cent of the US smartphone market in 2009 to just three per cent now. The net worth of the company has also plummeted from a 2008 peak of $84 billion [£54 billion] to just $4.8 billion [£3.1 billion] now.