Of course, we can infer the sorts of programs and ministries they have in mind for abolition. These would be certainties:
- Environment Ministry;
- Office of Consumer Affairs;
- Competition Bureau;
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre;
- Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission;
- Superintendent of Financial Institutions
- Most of Industry Canada
- All of the cultural and educational elements of government.
The retail price gap that continues to exist across the Canada-U.S. border is being examined by a Senate committee dominated by the Conservative Party and, in the six months since they began addressing the subject, they've determined precisely nothing. No surprise there because in 2009, Harper's government made sweeping amendments to Canada’s Competition Act, which included repeal of the criminal prohibition against “price maintenance.” Resale price maintenance may prevent or discourage retailers from offering lower prices to consumers.
Online retailer Amazon, for example, offers many of the same products in the USA as they do in Canada. However, Canadian distributors pressure Amazon to maintain higher Canadian prices. That results in situations like this one:
A friend is planning a kitchen renovation. He priced Armstrong vinyl flooring in North Vancouver and in Bellingham and the difference was more than 40%. For one small project, shopping in the USA leaves almost $900 in his pocket and he expects more savings for purchases of plumbing, lighting and appliances.
It will get worse. Harper's Conservatives this week made a move that demonstrates they are on the side of business and unfettered exploitation of Canada and Canadians. Read Rafe Mair, Harper's Underhanded Gutting of Fisheries Act Designed to Help Enbridge and Co. Recommend this post