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Archived — Individual sentenced in Quebec price-fixing cartel

OTTAWA, August 31, 2009 — The Competition Bureau has announced that a Quebec man has been given an absolute discharge and made a charitable donation of $10,000 for his role in a gas price-fixing conspiracy.

Daniel Drouin, a former sales representative of Les Pétroles Cadrin Inc., which sells petroleum products under the Sonerco and Axco banners, pleaded guilty in May 2009 to criminal charges for conspiring to fix the price of gasoline in Victoriaville, Quebec.

Charges were laid in June 2008 against 13 individuals and 11 companies accused of fixing the price of gas at pumps in Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Magog and Sherbrooke, Quebec. As of today, eight individuals and five companies have pleaded guilty in this case, with fines totalling over $2.7 million. Of the eight individuals who have pleaded guilty, four have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment totalling 44 months.

More information on past convictions and fines related to this cartel can be found on the Bureau's Web site. The Bureau's investigation into potential price-fixing in the retail gasoline market continues in other markets in Canada.

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.

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