The Hemisphere: Tax Repeal

The Tory government last week repealed Canada's tax on the gross advertising revenue in Canadian editions of foreign magazines, pointing out that the tax was 1) wrong in principle and 2) a failure in its intent to aid Canadian publications. The tax had aroused alarm among Canadian newspapers, which feared an infringement on press freedom; it drew worried protests from Washington, and it undercut Canada's traditional stand for the principle of free international exchange of goods and information.

When the 20% tax was imposed by the Liberal government in January 1957, Liberal Finance Minister Walter Harris admitted that his aim was...

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