CANADA: Paper Crackdown

Quebec's highhanded Premier Maurice Le Noblet Duplessis served an ultimatum on the pulp and paper companies in his province: either cut back newsprint prices for the Quebec press by Jan. 10 or face government controls. Last week, when the deadline passed, Duplessis made public a bill designed to harness Quebec's billion-dollar pulp and paper industry with some of the toughest controls ever imposed on Canadian business in peacetime.

Under the law, expected to pass almost automatically in the Duplessis-controlled legislature, the pulp and paper companies will be under the complete domination of a four-man government commission. Newsprint exports will not...

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