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Rogers’ proposed takeover of Calgary-based Shaw has raised eyebrows in Ottawa and beyond. Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, for one, said earlier this week that the would-be $26-billion merger would create “very serious issues and very important issues when it comes to maintaining that level of competition.” Tom Zubko, CEO of a Northwest Territories telco, said the mating of Rogers and Shaw would only birth outsized internet prices for customers in far-flung regions like his.
And then there’s Pierre Karl Péladeau. The Quebecor CEO, whose company owns internet provider Videotron, lashed out against the deal today while testifying at the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology—and hinted he might be looking to expand Videotron beyond Quebec. Here are the highlights: