The Canadian province of Alberta plans to intervene in a competition review of Rogers Communications’s C$20 billion ($15.33 billion) purchase of Shaw Communications, the provincial attorney general said on Tuesday.
The companies “have significant presence in Alberta’s telecommunications market and their successes and failures will impact Alberta’s consumers, workers, and, potentially, other aspects of Alberta’s economy,” according to a notice posted on the competition tribunal’s website.
The Alberta government is intervening under a provision of the competition act that prohibits illegal trade practices such as forming a cartel.
Shaw, which has two million wireless customers in Alberta, is based in Calgary, while Rogers is based in Toronto.
Canada’s antitrust authority has sought to block the deal on the grounds that it will hurt competition in the sector in Canada.
The Competition Bureau Canada, Rogers and Shaw began their two-day mediation process at a tribunal on Monday.
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