The Canadian business playing field isn’t as fair as you think

December 20, 2022

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For Keldon Bester, a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Bell acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Service in 2016-2017 was particularly troubling. “It was a real head-scratcher because we already knew back then that our wireless services are some of the most expensive in the world.”

Currently, all eyes are on Rogers’ bid to take over Shaw Communications, one of Western Canada’s largest telecom providers. The Competition Bureau is currently seeking to block the merger, arguing it would lead to higher prices and less choice.

“The consequences of consolidation are very direct and visceral,” says Bester. “The results …

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