Amazon Canada: an executive who had threatened to shut down a platform resigns

Amazon Canada executive who threatened to shut down platform resigns

UPDATE DAY

Amazon Canada public policy director James Maunder has announced he is leaving the company, after threatening to shut down one of the e-commerce platforms if Ottawa decides to introduce tougher competition laws . 

He said so in a LinkedIn post on Wednesday, calling it a “tough” choice.

“I am so proud of what we have accomplished together and what the team has delivered for our vendors and customers across Canada,” he wrote.

“That's why my decision to leave Amazon was so difficult, especially now. But, I leave with a huge sense of accomplishment and excitement for the future – for myself and for the team,” he added.

Mr. Maunder was responsible for Amazon Canada's lobbying efforts for just over two years.

The decision came weeks after 'The Logic' got hold of a recording of Mr. Maunder who said at a 2021 meeting that Amazon would shut down Marketplace if Ottawa passed “American-style” changes to the Competition Act.

The Trudeau government had put forward the possibility of making changes to this law with the aim of limiting the powers of web giants like Amazon or even Google.

“If Canada were to adopt antitrust legislation of the American – the six bills currently in Congress – we said in the United States Marketplace should be shut down. You would see similar action in Canada in response to similar policy measures,” the recording read, according to “The Logic.”

Amazon spokeswoman Kristin Gable , did not say whether the executive's departure was related to the publication of these comments. “We appreciate all that James has done during his time with us, and we wish him well in his next step,” she said in a statement to the media.

Recall that Amazon Marketplace is an e-commerce platform that allows third parties to sell new and used products. Nearly 40,000 sellers are on the Canadian version launched in 2003.