Today, Fool.com analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman look at Canada's rejection of the proposed $5 billion Petronas-Progress deal that would have given Petronas control of the Canadian natural gas producer.

The surprise decision has some favorable implications for many independent U.S. energy companies. Joel sees a trend whereby Canada is more likely to reject national oil companies, thereby opening the door for other public North American energy companies.

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