It looks like Chinese electronics giant Lenovo really was interested in BlackBerry after all. The Globe and Mail reports that although Lenovo was considering making a formal bid for the one-time Canadian smartphone titan, the Canadian government repeatedly told BlackBerry that such a move was a complete nonstarter because of national security concerns. BlackBerry was also seemingly cool to Lenovo’s overtures, mostly because even if the government changed its mind about approving it, it would still take months of review before passing off on a merger. That Ottawa flat-out rejected Lenovo’s bid for BlackBerry isn’t too surprising since BlackBerry is responsible for a lot of critical military and national security communications infrastructure in North America.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.