The Press: Troubled Canadian Question

Clear away all evil influence

That can hurt me from the States.

Keep me pure among the beaver

With un-Freudian loves and hates.

So, irreverently, Montreal Poet F. R. Scott epitomized a nagging Canadian obsession: how to preserve a distinctive Canadian cultural identity alongside the powerful influence of U.S. television, books and magazines. Last week, in deadly earnest, a three-man Royal Commission on Publications—Canada's equivalent of a U.S. congressional investigation—was sounding the same theme. But along with its concern for Canadian culture, the commission had an unconcealed economic spur: a demand by the Canadian magazine industry for government protection from U.S. competition.

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