Review of Industrial Organization 13: 205–241, 1998. 1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Expanding Responsibilities and Declining Resources: The Strategic Responses of the Competition Bureau, 1986–1996 W. T. STANBURY UPS Foundation Professor of Regulation and Competition Policy, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia (and T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics (1996/97), Competition Bureau, Industry Canada, Ottawa) I. Introduction The enforcement of a nation’s laws is one of the most important functions per- formed by government in a democratic society. Some have argued that it is the key function of government. This paper is motivated by the real possibility that under enforcement of the laws (criminal and civil) against restraints of trade could exist for a long period. In this paper I examine the changes in the responsibilities of the Director of Investigation and Research and the Competition Bureau (including the new Competition Act of 1986) in relation to the resources the Bureau has been given to carry out its statutory mandate. This paper also examines the largely exogenous I am indebted to a number of ofﬁcials of the Competition Bureau (including Tandy Muir- Warden, Mary Zamparo, John Barker, David Gilkes, Glenn Elder, Don
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