The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The results of two of our major stories in this issue are cause for discussion. Our feature article produces the results of an exclusive Decima Publishing poll on foreign ownership. Our centrespread story shows how domestic ownership is faring.   Canadians are vehement in their demands that government protect the national interest when it comes to communications. It does not matter if we are discussing telcos, broadcasters, cablecos or newspapers. A majority of those surveyed oppose turning our media assets over to outside owners. The figures are similar to results from a similar poll done 18 months ago. Some of the reaction is no doubt knee-jerk; Canadians love to gripe about loss of sovereignty as they sit in front of their Japanese televisions watching the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets play our national winter game on SportsNet (20% owned by Fox). But there is also very real concern about loss of R&D, pressure from foreign businesses or governments working against Canadian interests and head offices moving out of the country. As we have seen with other telcos that have extended their reach globally, decisions are frequently made to protect the bottom line in the home country at the expense of the host nations. Yet figures from the CRTC show what little impact the competitors have had on the telephony sector. Even in the province with the greatest amount of competition, Ontario, less than 6% of the market is held by CLECs. Some of this is the result of CLEC marketing strategy versus government policy. Competitors have restricted themselves to the largest half dozen or so cities and often only provide business service. ILECs, on the other hand, must extend service to high-cost serving areas that the CLECs wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot telephone pole. Fashioning a coherent policy that accommodates these diametrically opposite viewpoints is the responsibility of the House of Commons industry committee. Its hearings, which open in two weeks’ time, should provide an outlet for a variety of options.