They lost over 400 Million dollars or about 90 cents a share if it were not for the Canadian Government giving them a tax break. So yes it is a Canadian thing. It is disingenuous at best.
Government have them the break and shorted the stock. ;) Knowing. They won't be able to do that again. The Government wanted to help out but it did nothing and wiped out $2B of people's money. Less tax revenue now for them.