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The Harper government’s plan to change the rules surrounding incoming foreign investment from the European Union, and possibly other free trade partners, suggests Canada could be moving towards a “tiered” investment system, some analysts say.

When the government announced on Oct. 18 the trade deal in principle it had reached with the 28-member EU, it also said it would increase the threshold over which investments from the EU must be reviewed, to $1.5 billion.

The government has already been raising the minimum threshold for reviews of foreign takeovers or mergers, and is set to continue raising it from the $344 million where...

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