Original language of petition: English
We, the electors of the qathet Regional District, call upon the Honorable Navdeep Bains to:
The Government of Canada thanks the petitioners for raising their concerns regarding fuel pricing in British Columbia, specifically in the Powell River area. This petition has been forwarded to the Competition Bureau, Canada’s independent enforcement agency in competition matters, for their awareness.
As a law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) investigates alleged anticompetitive conduct. The Competition Act includes provisions against, price-fixing competitor collaborations, price maintenance and abuse of dominant position. All of these provisions can apply to the gasoline market and to other petroleum product markets.
The Commissioner of Competition may commence an investigation based on information obtained from a variety of sources, including when a formal complaint is lodged. The Commissioner has the power to initiate investigations on his own authority, based on market observations or in response to formal complaints. Any member of the public may submit a complaint to the Bureau, using the form found at the following address:
Upon receiving a complaint, the Bureau examines the relevant information to determine whether a formal inquiry should be commenced. If so, it may contact other customers or competitors to obtain more information. The Bureau may make use of tools at its disposal, such as seeking court authorization to compel information. If violation of the law can be identified, the Bureau will not hesitate to seek action before the courts in appropriate cases.
Once again, the Government thanks you for bringing these concerns forward.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.