OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Competition Bureau said on Friday it is suing the country's three leading phone companies for what it said was the promotion of costly premium texting services, while giving the impression that they were free. It is seeking C$10 million ($10.3 million) each from BCE Inc's Bell Canada, Rogers Communications Inc , and Telus Corp , in addition to asking them to make full refunds to customers. "Our investigation revealed that consumers were under the false impression that certain texts and apps were free," said Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken. ...
OTTAWA — John Pecman, the interim head of Canada’s Competition Bureau, has been chosen to fill position full time.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced the five-year appointment of Mr. Pecman on Wednesday, replacing Melanie Aitken — who stepped down in September after leading the bureau since 2009.
Mr. Pecman was named interim commissioner shortly after Ms. Aitken’s departure.
TORONTO — Telecommunications giant Rogers will begin rolling out a new loyalty program on Monday in a bid to keep customers from switching to rival carriers.
“Something that most major carriers worldwide do not do well at is recognizing and rewarding customers for tenure,” said executive vice-president and chief marketing officer John Boynton.
Wireless carriers also get criticized for treating new customers better than existing ones, said Boynton.
The Competition Bureau on Wednesday cleared the way for the Maple Group consortium of Canadian banks and pension funds to take over Canada's stock exchanges.The consortium last year launched a $3.8 billion bid for TMX Group, which operates the Toronto and Montreal stock markets, after a rival effort to merge the London Stock Exchange and Toronto's bourse was scrapped.In a statement, Commissioner of Competition Melanie Aitken said she won't "challenge the proposed transaction."
Melanie Aitken, the federal competition commissioner, has sent a shot across the bow of virtually any Canadian company that uses an asterisk in its advertisements after fining Bell Canada Inc. $10-million for misleading consumers