The United States –Canadian conflict Magazine dispute

Question 11

The Canadian Magazine dispute was mainly motivated by the fact that the magazine was affecting the existence of their culture. The Canadian government was greatly worried since their population of about 26 million was rapidly becoming saturated by the American Culture which was finding a way through the magazine in the marketplace. It is vivid that the magazine was full of American cultures which were so influential towards the natives. Most of the contents of the foreign magazine contained more than 80% of the foreign cultures which formed the major threat to the native culture.

The government of Canada acted swiftly in order to save its culture that was being affected by the Magazine business. However, it is vivid that this was not the main target since there was a serious financial worry which the Canadian government sought to hold. The Canadian government went to the extent of giving subsidies to the local magazine producers to provide stiff competition to the American magazine which had taken the major part of the Canadian market. The major part of the market about 89% of the Canadian magazine was being controlled by the foreign investors. 

It is imperative that about 89% of the Canadian magazine was controlled by foreign investors especially from the main investors the United States of America. Therefore, Canada had to go to a greater extent retaining the remaining 11% because a drop would infer the extinction of their natural culture. The 11% control of the Canadian magazine means that natives were losing it to the foreign investors to take charge of the magazine. It is evident that the 11% control means a similar amount contributed to the market and also the society especially the readers while 89% mean 89% of a similar amount contributed to the market and also the society especially the readers who are majorly the Canadians.

Therefore, from the rating 11% will signal the Canadian that they are on the verge of losing their culture. Based on this, it will allow the government to consider protecting their culture as the main objective and also the market structure that was being lost to the foreigners. The rating allowed the government to set an initiative to claim back their cultural norms that were being influenced by the foreigners from the southern United States of America. For example, the 11% meant everything to them and so to say the inclusion of trade policies and tax tariffs to assist support the local magazine producers to support and maintain their cultures.

Question 12

The purchasing habits of the Canadian people are perhaps a threat to the Canadian culture. The preference of the natives in purchasing the American magazines and the dominance of the American investors in the business was a threat to extinction of their culture. Therefore, allowing the people to vote according to their preference would mean that a lot of people would go for the America magazines because of their taste for their magazines. This would result in the extinction of their culture since the America magazine is mainly composed of a foreign culture affecting the existing native cultures. It is therefore imperative that their purchasing habits would not favor since they have no taste for their culture.

The foreign magazines have significant effects on the culture of the Canadian people. The Canadian government in the bid of protecting their culture imposed extra levies for the foreign magazine’s investors but on the other hand, subsidizing the local magazine publications. Therefore, I think it generally not fair to levy extra levies against the foreign magazines even if it has the effect on the Canadian Culture. First, there are some trade agreements that would allow the two nations that are Canada and United States to trade together. Second, a good relationship between the nations is important for their continuous existence. It is therefore evident that the actions taken by the Canadian government are not fair because it goes against the trade agreements that were made between the two countries. A common example is the bilateral trade agreements which were meant to create a favorable trading environment between the trading nations.

Therefore, it is vivid that the response by the Canadian government imposing extra levies for the foreign investors is perhaps against the trade agreement since the environment becomes unfavorable for investors. However, it is not a bad move for the government to protect their culture but it would have made some other alternatives other than imposing the extra levies for the foreigners. These actions would make the foreign investors pay more as levies compared to the local natives. It would also give the foreign investors a hard time through the rising costs of production especially through the levies hindering their overall performance in the long run. Consequently, this would create a favorable environment for the foreign investors’ competitors especially the local magazine producers while at the same time hindering the performance of the foreign investors.


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