Canada's Competition Act: What Have We Learned In 20 Years?

Law360, New York (November 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- This year is the 20th anniversary of Canada's Competition Act. The act represented a dramatic change in competition law enforcement in Canada. Most significantly, the previously ineffective offences governing monopolies and mergers were decriminalized and replaced with civil, administrative provisions.

The commissioner of competition, head of Canada's Competition Bureau, became responsible for bringing merger and abuse of dominance cases before the newly created, quasi-judicial Competition Tribunal. The aim was to make merger law and abuse law especially more relevant. They were to be infused with economically-oriented...
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