OTTAWA – 24 January 2023 – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) reacted with horror today to the Federal Court of Appeal’s dismissal from the bench of the appeal by the Commissioner of Competition of the Competition Tribunal’s decision to approve the merger of Shaw Communications Inc. and Rogers Communication Inc. with a divestiture to Videotron Inc. (owned by Quebecor Media Inc.).

“The public can only be suspicious that the powers that be want this deal to close – even if it means a decade of high wireless and Internet prices for Canadians,” said John Lawford, PIAC Executive Director and General Counsel. “We also believe that the Court’s ruling means the Canadian Competition Act is utterly broken and needs to be radically rewritten to actually provide tools to block anticompetitive mergers,” he added.

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John Lawford (he/him)
Executive Director/General Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
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Ottawa, ON K2P 1A1
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