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Rogers-Shaw Lets Antitrust Czar Turn Hardline Words Into Action

  • Canada commissioner has pressed for stronger enforcement tools
  • Rogers suit coincides with significant review of antitrust law
A Rogers store in Montreal on May 9, 2022.
A Rogers store in Montreal on May 9, 2022.Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Shortly after midnight on a Saturday in early May, two of Canada’s largest wireless and cable companies dropped a bombshell.

Rogers Communications Inc. disclosed that Canada’s antitrust agency was about to file suit to block its $16 billion takeover of rival Shaw Communications Inc. It was a bid to stop one of the biggest mergers in the country’s history, and it was out of character for the agency.