The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The results of two elections last November have had drastically different outcomes for the communications industry. The recycled Liberal government in Ottawa has a commitment to high tech; the retrograde Republican administration in Washington seems unaware of the new economy.  Ottawa is, of course, the home to Canada’s high tech industry. In the National Capital Region, as many people work in that area as are employed by the federal government. Former Industry minister John Manley was a champion of the sector. Even in his new role as Foreign Affairs minister, he wields clout with his cabinet colleagues. The new Industry minister Brian Tobin has yet to prove himself as a friend to the trade. But from his earliest days in Parliament, he has displayed a willingness to learn. That eagerness should stand him, and the industry, in good stead. Compare that with the situation down south. Despite popular belief, Al Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet. But he gave the Clinton administration a high profile when it came to high-tech. George W. Bush has relied heavily on his father’s cronies while choosing a cabinet. They are more familiar with oil drilling platforms than routing switch platforms. Asked about the U.S. wireless spectrum auctions during his confirmation hearings, incoming commerce secretary Donald Evans admitted, "I have just quite frankly learned about it in the last 48 hours." Even the White House web site displays this technophobia. The Clinton administration featured a content-rich display; so far the Bush site looks like it was designed by a 14-year-old with a limited imagination. One bright light for the government is the new chair of the FCC, Michael Powell. He has been a commissioner since the fall of 1997, where he quickly developed a reputation as someone who could effect compromise. Canada now is presented with a golden opportunity to advance in telecommunications. Let’s use it wisely.