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Canadian government has 'close eye' on BlackBerry

But the country's industry minister isn't saying what the government might do in the event BlackBerry is sold or enters into another agreement.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. Sarah Tew/CNET

The Canadian government is watching BlackBerry closely, the country's economic development official said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Reuters in an interview, Industry Minister James Moore acknowledged that BlackBerry has been facing some trouble getting its smartphones off the ground, and the government is keeping close watch on how the company's future goes down.

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

BlackBerry is one of the most important companies in Canada. The company is headquartered there and employees thousands of people. Earlier this month, BlackBerry announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives for its company, which could include selling it off to another firm. How that might impact Canada is unknown.

Moore was unwilling to take the discussion too far with Reuters, but did say that he hopes the company, no matter the result, will "keep employing Canadians."