The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. For several weeks now, Canadian NEW MEDIA has been attempting to get some simple answers to some simple questions about the Ontario Media Development Corp.’s only available tax credit for new media companies in the province. For several weeks now, the agency has been stalling on providing those answers. It’s frustrating, but indicative of the kind of travails experienced by the private sector in this increasingly battered provincial sector trying to win support from Queen’s Park. No wonder, then, that a speech by Alliance Numérique president Claude Dagenais in Toronto has the industry here and across the country excited. What attendees to that speech heard was an unprecedented level of support for the new media sector in Quebec. As our lead story explores, Dagenais has a massive $30-million war chest at his disposal in the next three years for association work. More than a bewildering amount of cash, though, Dagenais has been quietly meeting with industry leaders across the country on how he can help the entire country’s new media industry out of the fee-for-service trap. It’s not lost on anyone that the source of that support – the PQ government in Quebec City – is ironic. Digital media, ultimately, is about culture as much as economics, and tacit support from premier Bernard Landry to support the Canadian industry is somewhat surprising. But, on the economic side, there’s no doubt that government support is what the sector needs as the global economy takes an overdue break from its boom years. Ontario provincial bureaucrats were in full attendance at Dagenais’ speech, though key decision-makers – the women and men who sign cheques – were sadly absent. They’ll find that until Queen’s Park begins following Quebec’s model, Canadian leadership will shift increasingly into Quebec’s court. There are measures the industry can undertake itself. There is a proliferation of associations in Ontario, which makes it difficult for either the feds or the province to respond to industry concerns. But the Ontario gov’t must help the sector organize. It is experiencing extremely difficult times. The time has come for Ontario to tell the industry how it intends to either follow Quebec’s lead, or risk losing leadership of the sector to that province.