December 14, 2022
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COMMONS
Monopoly #6 – The Urge to Merge
For 150 years, Canadian politicians have been talking out of both sides of their mouths. They claim they want to promote competition. And then they pass laws that do the opposite.
Arshy Mann
Host & Producer
Jordan Cornish
Producer
Noor Azrieh
Producer
André Proulx
Production Coordinator

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Rogers and Shaw are getting ready to tie the knot. But before they can consummate their less-than-holy union, they have to get the approval of Canada’s competition tribunal and the federal government. And even though most Canadians would find this union highly objectionable, it’s likely to be approved.

Because for 150 years, Canadian politicians have been talking out of both sides of their mouths. They claim they want to promote competition. And then they pass laws that do the opposite.

 

Featured in this episode: Vass Bednar, Keldon Bester

 

To learn more

“Antitrust watchdog should just say no to Rogers and Shaw merger” in The Globe and Mail by Keldon Bester and Ben Klass

“Is the Competition Bureau’s efficiency defence still defensible?” in The Financial Post by Vass Bednar 

“The Development of Competition Policy, 1890-1940: A Re-Evaluation of a Canadian and American Tradition” in Osgoode Law Journal by Brian Cheffins

 

Credits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

 

Additional music from Audio Network

 

Canon in D Major” by Kevin Macleod, adapted.

 

Sponsors: Douglas, Oxio 

 

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