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Canachan Review of American Studies/ Revue canad,emze d'etudes amencames Volume 1.7,Number 3, 1997, pp. 99-109 Canadian Cultural Policy-Bridging the Gaps: Or the Cultural Activist-A Laboratory Specimen Alexander Crawley 99 It was with a b,1lanL'.C of pride and trepidation that I agreed !,1st year to p,irt!L~ipate in the conferc1Ke entitled Commerce, Culture, and Identity after NAFTA. In accepting the narrow definition of culture as it appears in trnde agreements we may, ,lfter all, be doing an ultimate disservice to what I opt1mistically assume to be the general objective of studies in the Humanities: To foster cultural development, and not to impede it. Then, when I saw that our fearless leader, Bob Adolph, had cast me in first position I thought: "How shall I play it? Sacrifici,ll lamb or Jud,1sRam?" Then I realized th,lt neither would serve as an appropriate anthropomorphk metaphor for this exercise and that if I needed a costume to play a certain part it might better be that of a lynx, bobcat or cougar: That, given the somewhat precarious disposition of public policy in this area amidst the insistent call by the U.S. government to reopen the so-called cultural exemption in NAFTA as Chile and other Latin American countries line up to sign on, that we haJ better keep a watchful eye and be re,1dy to fend off danger while keeping options open. My paper is not mc,mt to L~onformto academic standards of any kind. My cxpcncncc with Canada's cultur.1I policy h

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ISSN
1710-114X
Print ISSN
0007-7720
Pages
pp. 99-109
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Open Access
No
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