MONTREAL -- The Competition Bureau has charged 13 people and 11 companies -- in what it called a cartel -- with gas-price fixing in four different Quebec cities.
Ms. Scott said the charges stem from an extensive investigation that showed gas retailers in the four markets phoned each other and agreed on a price.
It said it used wiretaps and searches, as well as granting immunity from prosecution to secure the arrests.
The companies that were charged are: Les Petroles Therrien Inc., operating under the Petro-T banner, and Distributions Petrolieres Therrien Inc. ($179,000), and Ultramar Inc. ($1,850,000). One individual, Jacques Ouellet, an employee of Ultramar, also pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000.