Competition Bureau files court petitions to block Rogers-Shaw merger

The Competition Bureau says he’s trying to block Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. for $26 billion.

Federal regulator is asking the Competition Tribunal to stop the deal from going ahead in an effort to protect Canadians from what it says would be higher prices, lower quality of service and less choice , especially in wireless services.

He says he’s asking the Competition Tribunal to stop the deal from proceeding, as well as an injunction to stop the two companies from entering into the deal until the bureau’s request can be heard.

The Competition Bureau says Shaw’s presence in the wireless market has dramatically increased competition in recent years, but its efforts have already started to wane since the deal was announced last year.

Rogers and Shaw both said over the weekend that they planned to press ahead with the deal and fight the commissioner’s efforts to block it.

The Competition Bureau is one of three regulators whose approval is required for the deal to go through. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission signed on earlier this year, while the companies also await approval from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.