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Competition Bureau strengthens advocacy focus

OTTAWA, December 5, 2013 — In remarks delivered at Torys LLP today, John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, shared his priorities and provided an update on the Bureau’s advocacy efforts. The Commissioner had previously indicated his intention to increase the Bureau’s capacity to advocate for greater competition in Canada, through both regulatory interventions and enhanced collaboration and communication with stakeholders.

Some examples of the Bureau’s work in this area include the following:

  • Its submission to the CRTC in response to its Wireless Code Working Paper.
  • Its review of policies being developed by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, which is responsible for the administration of the domain name system on the Internet.
  • Its ongoing review of restrictions on advertising imposed by certain self-regulated professions on their members, namely pharmacists, dentists and veterinarians.

The Bureau recently launched a public consultation seeking the assistance of Canadians to identify sectors of the economy in which the Bureau could play a targeted role in advocating for increased competition. The Bureau has received a number of submissions identifying a variety of sectors, including the telecommunications sector, the pharmaceutical sector and self-regulated professions. The Bureau will carefully review these submissions to identify the areas in which it should focus future advocacy efforts.

To increase the transparency of its advocacy efforts, the Bureau will be posting its submissions and letters advocating for increased competition on its website. For a comprehensive overview of the Bureau’s advocacy work to date, please consult the Advocacy Portal.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

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