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 PublicationsCanada's equivalent of a U.S. congressional investigationwas 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.