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Competition Bureau meets with North American competition counterparts

May 27, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

On May 21, 2015, Commissioner of Competition John Pecman met with the heads of the United States and Mexican competition authorities in Mexico City to discuss their efforts to promote effective and efficient cooperation throughout the North American Free Trade Area.

Commissioner Pecman was joined by Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, U.S. Federal Trade Commission; William Baer, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; and Alejandra Palacios Prieto, President, Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission. The topics discussed included, among other things, best practices in competition law enforcement, the current priorities of each agency, and how to cooperate with and provide technical assistance to Latin American agencies.

Commissioner Pecman also delivered remarks at the first ever North American Antitrust Authorities Conference, where he underlined the need for strong relationships between the U.S. and Mexico, two of Canada’s most important economic partners, to better serve the consumers and businesses of each jurisdiction’s marketplace.

Quick facts

  • Canada has cooperation agreements on competition matters with both the U.S. and Mexico, which facilitate collaboration between competition law enforcement agencies.
  • Meetings with the Bureau’s international counterparts reflect the Bureau’s commitment to increased international cooperation and the exchange of best practices.
  • Strong cooperative relationships with the Bureau’s international counterparts aid in the effective enforcement and administration of the Competition Act.

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