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Having state agencies like the Competition Bureau setting prices could violate trade agreements Canada fought hard to establish.

It seems that all our lives prices have been lower in the U.S than at home. People living on the border drive across to buy groceries and gas. The rest of us splurge during occasional shopping trips. Even when the Canadian dollar was just 63 cents in the U.S., people still sought bargains across the line.

In its last budget, the federal government announced it has had enough. Canadian consumers are tired of higher prices and now a government bureaucracy is finally going to get into action.

Under the terms of this law the Competition Bureau would investigate complaints of “price discrimination,” which cause Canadian prices to be higher than U.S. prices. If there’s no justification, the bureaucrats will have the authority to — is anyone surprised? — impose a fine, payable to the government.

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