When three local plumbers put their heads together and submit identical quotes for the installation of sewer backflow protection in homes, that’s price fixing. That is a criminal offence punishable by fines and imprisonment. The backflow program was instituted to help desperate homeowners in the wake of severe flooding and inadequate sewers. It wasn’t established to enrich plumbing companies and seedy brokers. The city should submit their evidence of this scam to the Crown Attorney or the Competition Bureau, pronto.

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