One of the main responsibilities of government is to ensure a stable and fair business environment for Canadian companies (examples include corporations law, tax law, copyright). As part of these responsibilities, governments should, as a rule, not compete unfairly with Canadian businesses.
Additionally, governments in Canada undertake special measures to support cultural enterprises, including magazines in order to achieve cultural policy goals (Canada Periodical Fund, restrictions on foreign magazine advertising). When governments, concurrently, compete unfairly with private sector Canadian-content magazines, they undermine the value and effectiveness of these cultural programs.
Magazines Canada Competition Policy Review Panel Submission 2008
Magazines Canada's full policy on government competition 2007