Canadian governments have always known that if there was to be a Canada, there would have to be Canadian media. Since the 1930s, successive administrations, whether Liberal or Conservative, have struggled to strengthen the foundations of Canadian culture, often in opposition to the desires of the United States. They passed laws, created regulations and provided financial support so that Canadian music, books, films, newspapers, and TV shows could flourish. For almost 100 years, they worked—sometimes at significant political cost—to build counterweights to the great centripetal force of the U.S.
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