CANADA: Tax Attacks

"In kitchen terms," said Toronto M.P.

Donald Fleming, "this budget is as dull as dishwater, and it fell as flat as a pancake." Parliament, in general, shared Tory Fleming's disappointment with the stand-pat budget brought down by Finance Minister Walter Harris (TIME, April 2).

Only one item caused the M.P.s to raise their voices: the 20% tax that Harris wants to impose on the Canadian advertising revenues of foreign, i.e., U.S., publications. Opposition members echoed the widespread complaints of Canadian newspapers that the tax would be an indirect threat to press freedom. One telling point was scored by Carl Nickle,...

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