Canada: Canadianizing the Press

One of the great rallying cries of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's Tory government is Canadianization. Seeking to build a specific Canadian identity in the shadow of its overpowering U.S. neighbor, Diefenbaker has called for Canadianization of industry, of investment, of natural resources. Last week Canadianization was applied to a new area: the press. In a 263-page report, a Royal Commission set up by the government nine months ago recommended strict penalties against "foreign" magazines sold in Canada. Said the Commission: "Only a truly Canadian printing press, one with the 'feel' of Canada and directly responsible to Canada, can give...

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