Competition Bureau Canada

Competition Bureau Canada

March 25, 2009 15:25 ET

Competition Bureau Seeks Comments on Draft Sentencing and Leniency Bulletin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2009) - The Competition Bureau is seeking further public comments on its draft Information Bulletin on Sentencing and Leniency in Cartel Cases.

This revised draft follows the first round of public comments carried out in April 2008. The Bulletin outlines the factors the Bureau considers when making sentencing recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the process for seeking a recommendation for a lenient sentence.

A transparent and predictable Leniency Program complements the Bureau's Immunity Program ( The Bureau recommends immunity from prosecution for the first person to approach the Bureau who admits involvement in an offence and meets the Program criteria. A recommendation for lenient treatment may be available for a person who cooperates with the Bureau's investigation and admits involvement, but is not first to approach the Bureau or does not meet the Immunity Program's criteria. Whether or not the Bureau recommends lenient treatment in sentencing is based on the timeliness and value of the person's cooperation.

Investigating cartels is one of the Bureau's antitrust enforcement priorities. The Immunity and Leniency Programs are among the Bureau's best weapons to combat these secret anti-competitive agreements.

Interested parties are asked to mail, fax or e-mail their comments no later than Friday, May 29, 2009, to:

Robert J. Morin
Competition Bureau
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0C9
Fax: 819-997-3835

Submissions will be posted on the Bureau Web site ( unless it is specifically requested that they be kept confidential.

The Competition Bureau is an independent agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.

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