The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The snail-like pace of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is negatively affecting its ability to put its mark on foreign ownership rules. Although the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology began its study well after that of the Heritage committee, it has managed to release its report and publicize its findings first. When the Industry committee unveiled its recommendations on April 28 calling for the complete liberalization of foreign ownership rules for telcos and cablecos, there were no countering proposals from the Heritage committee.   There were only rumours that the Heritage committee would be pushing for the status quo in its yet-to-be released report. Because of the delay, the Heritage committee report now risks being branded as reactionary rather than progressive, regardless of what it contains. Industry committee chair Walt Lastewka has already criticized the slowness of the Heritage committee and has attempted to paint it as one that is incapable of being fast enough to spur innovation and keep up with technological changes. "It’s (the Canadian Heritage report) more than two years old, if I remember correctly," he said. "I, as the chair of the Industry committee, and my colleagues have a problem with spending too lengthy a time on reports. Because technology is changing and we have to be up with technology. Our regulations should at least try to be parallel with technology changes and if at all possible try to anticipate how things are going next." As Christiane Gagnon notes, the Heritage committee had a larger mandate than the Industry committee (see story in this issue). True, but the Heritage committee should have been more focused right from the beginning in order for it to make its mark. Instead, today it finds itself still toiling over its report - projecting an impression of inefficiency. The Heritage committee is beginning to take on the reputation of the department that commissioned it - one with a lot of passion, but not much ability to get things done. On the other hand, the Industry committee, like the department that called for its study, has come across as being a well-greased machine that accomplishes things.