The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Canadians are many things, but we’re not sore losers. That’s probably because we never lose, even if we don’t win. That seems to be the message one can take from the reaction to recent regulatory decisions.  As our lead story notes, Telus had its leave to appeal the CRTC’s contribution ruling rejected by the Federal Court of Canada. But the telco is still claiming victory, saying all will be well once the commission holds proceedings on price caps. Similarly, the CRTC found in favour of Vancouver in its rights of way dispute with Ledcor (NL, Jan 29/01). But the commission rejected so many of the city’s arguments, and granted the fibre builder so much leeway, that determining who truly won and who truly lost this case takes us into an Alice in Wonderland scenario. Telus announces to the world that it will use QuébecTel to roll out its service in Quebec, dashing the expectations of those who thought the company would snap up Vidéotron Télécom from Quebecor. But Quebecor laughs it off, asserting that the BC-based telco is merely engaging in negotiation tactics. All of this, of course, fits in completely with the Canadian way of doing things. Our first great battle was the War of 1812, which is distinguished by the fact that both sides maintain it won. Our longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, is best remembered for his war time quotation, "Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription." Particularly in his early terms, King ruled under that great Canadian contribution to Parliamentary democracy, the minority government. Gloating over a win is the sort of thing our neighbours to the south do, much to our consternation. The Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Expos and the Vancouver Grizzlies stand as glowing tribute to our desire not to overachieve. As those nationalistic troubadours the Arrogant Worms so eloquently put it, "We’re not saying that we’re better. It’s just that we’re less worse." Truly words we can all live by.