Twenty-five years ago both Canada and the U.S. had strong legislation to safeguard citizens against the formation of unfair monopolies that reduce the commercial competition which is the source of capitalism’s vitality. A very large portion of Canada’s anti-combines energy went into worrying about the effects increasing multinational corporate agglomeration could have on the country’s fragile cultural integrity. But at almost exactly the point in our history where two decades of enlightened policies and programs for culture were beginning to produce decent products and even one or two artists able to stand with the world’s best, a cycle of radical agglomeration and mergers, took over and Canada fell into the grip of an open conspiracy no legislator will acknowledge but which reduces competition, standardizes markets, and applies a cybernetic choke-hold on the flow of dissident views.

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