The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Can the government’s support of Canadian culture be questioned? After all, both the Canadian Heritage and International Trade ministers pledged last week in Banff to help foster new international trade agreements that not only protect culture, but hopefully create new markets for it. Back at home, however, it’s dragging its feet on much-needed decisions that could determine the future directions of our most important cultural agencies, namely the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, the CRTC and Telefilm Canada. The CBC has been without a chair since Guylaine Saucier said adieu on Dec. 8. At the CRTC, David Colville was named as "interim" replacement for six months when Françoise Bertrand stepped down Feb. 15. The government has given no word yet on whether Colville’s term will be extended or if they have someone else in the wings. The government dithers while the CRTC flounders without a permanent leader to provide it with clear direction. Telefilm Canada finds itself in a similar situation. Its chair Laurier LaPierre quit after being appointed to the Senate. Its executive director François Macerola has already had his term extended, but is set to leave July 4. The director of Canadian operations at the public film and TV funding agency, Peter Katadotis, also exits July 13. It is not the first time that the government has taken its time in making appointments to key broadcasting and cultural institutions. For example, Prime Minister Jean Chretien was in no hurry to choose a permanent successor to Perrin Beatty, who left the CBC in the summer of 1999. James McCoubrey was appointed in the interim until current president Robert Rabinovitch finally took over on Nov. 15 of that year. As Peter Grant notes in the article on page 5, the CRTC is in need of strong leadership. So are the other cultural institutions, such as Telefilm Canada, if they are to be effective. The government has spent time and energy setting up some worthwhile institutions to support Canadian culture, including the broadcasting and film industries. It’s immediate priority should be ensuring the best people are named in a timely manner to run them.