Supporting competition on road to economic recovery

From: Competition Bureau Canada

CBA Competition Law Fall Online Symposium

October 21, 2020

(As prepared for delivery)

Good afternoon everyone, and thank you to the CBA for inviting me to speak today.

It is a pleasure to be with you all again, even though the circumstances are certainly different than they were a year ago when we gathered in Ottawa.

You may recall that in May of 2019, shortly after I was appointed Commissioner, I spoke at the CBA Competition Law Section’s Spring Forum. During those remarks, I set out a vision for the Bureau, and explained how realizing that vision would be like climbing a metaphorical mountain. I acknowledged then that there would be obstacles and there would be course corrections on the way up that mountain, but I never expected to encounter a sheer rock face in the form of a global pandemic.

This pandemic has been a major course correction, for sure, but every day my colleagues at the Bureau impress me with their incredible adaptability and commitment to our vision. The Bureau team has kept moving forward during these changing and challenging times and I am so grateful to all of them for their professionalism and determination. And, I am also grateful to all of you in Canada’s competition community for keeping things running as smoothly as possible as we all navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Thank you.

A little under a year ago, I was pleased to see our CRTC intervention

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