The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Are Quebec nationalists really concerned about who owns their communications infrastructure, or are a handful of renegade politicians just looking to stealing a few headlines? It's certainly not clear from the mixed messages coming out of the two separatist parties these days. Former premier Jacques Parizeau described Rogers' proposed bid for Vidéotron as akin to "Toronto buying Montreal". Another politician - this one from of the Bloc Quebecois - told CCR that having the Caisse de Depot and Quebecor buy Vidéotron is good for Quebec culture and good for Quebec's future. One has to wonder, however, if either of these gentlemen have been speaking to Quebec Finance minister Bernard Landry, who was quoted in the February issue of Quebec Update - "A Newsletter for Americans" - as saying he welcomed the Rogers-Vidéotron deal "rather positively". The article goes onto note that such a deal is inevitable in the present era of consolidation, and that "Rogers has given assurances of improved services and increased employment in Quebec". In today's Globe and Mail, Landry appeared ready to shift that support, saying he's happy to see two companies now bidding for the cableco. Considering Quebec's aggressive moves to promote itself as an attractive trading partner to the U.S., it's highly doubtful that it wants to cloak itself in the same protectionist veil that continues to shroud all of Canada. That's not to say that Quebec shouldn't be concerned about its culture or its language. Those types of issues are legitimate topics for trade discussions, and will continue to place prominently during the next round of World Trade Organization talks. As part of those discussions, however, it's time that Canada - and Quebec as well - come to terms with what it means to have "foreign" companies owning our communications infrastructure. If it is hazardous to our cultural identity, it's about time someone starting explaining why.