COMPAS Poll/Survey
May 21, 2012

Failing Grades for Competition Bureau and CRTC; Passing Grades for Federal Tax Policy

  Weekly CEO/Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in Canadian Business
Policy and Opinion
Consumer and Lifestyle
Business and Finance
In the wake of the Competition Bureau's criticism of the anti-competitive business practices of Visa and MasterCard, the CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS business panel were asked to score the performance of
  • the Competition Bureau,
  • the CRTC on cellular/mobility issues, and
  • the CRTC on non-mobility issues
from the perspective of contributing to an efficient and competitive economy.

As reported in last week's CEO poll, panelists embrace wholeheartedly the Competition Bureau's criticism of the credit card companies. But support for the Bureau's attack on Visa and MasterCard does not lead to overall favourable evaluations of the Bureau. Along with the CRTC, the Bureau earns failing grades, as shown in table 2.1. By comparison, panelists give passing grades to federal corporate tax policy and tax rates.

These are the key findings from this past week's Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine.

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