Minister Of Industry’s Plans To Fix Price Gouging All Sizzle No Steak

My last Question Period question for 2014, went as follows:   Me: Mr. Speaker, Like most actual conservatives, who believe in markets, I was amused by the Minister of Industry’s staged photo op in a toy store on Tuesday. I find the notion that, somehow, merchants can be shamed by the Competition Bureau into lowering their prices is, to use the Prime Minister’s new economic qualifier, “Crazy Economic Policy”! If the Minister of Industry is really interested in preventing price gauging, why doesn’t he look at some of his government’s own market distorting policies that increase consumer prices like tariffs, fuel taxes, an oligopolistic telecom market and even supply management?   Honourable Mike Lake (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry):   Mr. Speaker, On average, Canadians pay roughly 15% more for goods in Canada compared to goods available in the U.S. These price differences are real. They hurt the…