Archived — Guilty plea in Quebec gas cartel

OTTAWA, December 28, 2012 — On December 3, 2012, Martin Proulx was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000 after pleading guilty in the Quebec Superior Court in Sherbrooke to conspiring to fix the price of gasoline at the pump.

The charges against Mr. Proulx, a retailer operating under the Petro-Canada banner in Sherbrooke, were laid on July 15, 2010, as part of a Competition Bureau investigation into price-fixing in the gasoline industry in certain local markets in Quebec.

Thirty-nine individuals and 15 companies have now been charged with criminal price-fixing in this case. To date, 28 individuals and seven companies have pleaded guilty with fines totalling over $3 million. Of the 28 individuals who have pleaded guilty, six have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment totalling 54 months.

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