Bryan Carney talked to former Competition Bureau commissioner John Pecman about the agency he ran and Canada’s weak competition policy. The country lags far behind its peers in ensuring competition that benefits consumers. Pecman said the bureau’s trimmed budget and lack of independence — a vulnerability that has been highlighted by critics over the years — stop it from being more effective at curbing anti-competitive practices. “To me, there needs to be some clarification of the importance of competition policy and advocacy in Canada,” Pecman said. And a truly independent agency needs to provide oversight. What do you think: Are Canadians victimized by corporate concentration? Should the government give more independence to the Competition Bureau? * Please note that all poll answers will be publicly viewable, but anonymous. Fill out this week's poll. Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.