Introduction: The Evolution of Competition Law in Canada

Introduction: The Evolution of Competition Law in Canada Review of Industrial Organization 13: 1–23, 1998. 1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Introduction: The Evolution of Competition Law in Canada THOMAS W. ROSS Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z2 I. Introduction The year 1996 marked ten years since the passing of two laws that promised to reform and dramatically revitalize antitrust in Canada. The Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal Act literally rewrote the book on competition law in Canada, particularly with regard to merger control and the review of the activities of dominant firms. The changes involved not only new offences and reviewable practices, but also a significant reform of the process: civil procedures replaced criminal ones for the review of mergers and certain other matters and a new quasi- judicial body, the Competition Tribunal, was created to adjudicate civil competition cases. The tenth anniversary of the passage of these acts would seem to mark an appropriate occasion for a stock-taking. In 1995 a team including many of the most accomplished scholars of Canadian antitrust economics was assembled to review the progress of Canada’s new competition law. This special issue reports their assessments. While the individual Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

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