SAN FRANCISCO — Government regulators in Canada are poised to open a formal investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the Internet search market to stifle competition and drive up digital advertising prices.
Canada’s Competition Bureau indicated in a filing made in an Ottawa federal court earlier this week that it suspects that Google Inc. has been breaking the country’s antitrust laws. Regulators are seeking a court order that would require Google’s Canadian subsidiary to furnish antitrust investigators with internal company records.
Based on its preliminary findings, the commission ‘‘has reason to believe that the manner in which Google operates its search engine and search-advertising platforms ... amount to an abuse of a dominant position,’’ wrote Mark MacLachlan, a senior competition law office for the agency. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.