The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The heroics of Canada’s two Olympic hockey teams have made believers out of many of us skeptics. There were doubts heading into the Salt Lake City games that they could come away with gold, but the women’s and men’s squads rallied. Can the federal government pull off a similar feat?  The discussion papers on innovation released by Industry Canada and Human Resources Development Canada are filled with pretty pictures and informative charts and lots and lots of comforting words about what nice folks we Canucks are. But the actual substance is thinner than Céline Dion. The documents are, of course, only the first step in a process. The national government is throwing out a few ideas and asking for feedback from others. It is hoped that the private sector, individual citizens, and other levels of government will submit their proposals to the federal departments. But even in a paper that is presented in order to be rewritten, there is fudging and hedging that should raise some concern. Chief among these is the commitment to broadband. The National Broadband Task Force was unequivocal in its goal: "Government should take leadership to ensure that affordable access to broadband services is available to all Canadians by 2004." The Industry Canada paper Achieving Excellence waffles in its target: "By 2005, ensure that high-speed broadband access is widely available to Canadian communities." To be fair, Industry minister Allan Rock did sound a tad more definitive when addressing the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. His pledge to bring backbone to communities "from coast to coast to coast by 2005" is heartening. But these are the words of a politician whose role may be transient. In the last 15 months we have seen three people represent the department at the Cabinet table. Jane Stewart of HRDC and Allan Rock may not be the Hayley Wickenheiser and Joe Sakic of the federal government. But with enough support from industry, they can make the innovation strategy into a medal-winning program rather than yet another Did Not Finish listing.