The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. A recent meeting between the heads of Canada's national wireless operators and Industry Canada minister Allan Rock may ultimately prove an exercise in wheel spinning. The November 13 rendezvous took five months to arrange, and the obvious question arises about how meaningful it could be on the eve of an important change of government that's linked in the media's mind with a thorough purge of Cabinet. Were the wireless honchos going through the motions of meeting after such a long delay? It's no secret that Rock is unlikely to keep his Industry post in Paul Martin's Ottawa, and doubts continue to surface that he will even be invited into a new Cabinet. Why then would four of the most powerful men in the Canadian mobile wireless industry spend five months trying to set up a meeting, the fruitfulness of which is suspect? Obviously, they were unlikely to pass up the chance to hammer home their concerns over pending key policy changes that might be to the detriment of the wireless industry. No matter Rock's status in the upcoming government, there is always the possibility the industry's concerns might get passed down through departmental osmosis. The length of time it took to set up the meeting could reflect the amount of time it took Rock to get up to speed on some of the more pressing issues. He was virtually invisible during the early months of his tenure at the department compared to his predecessors Brian Tobin and John Manley. He made an appearance to release the Innovation Agenda in conjunction with Human Resources Development Canada minister Jane Stewart in February 2002, then disappeared again only to re-emerge in late 2002 to kick start the review of foreign ownership in telecommunications. Regardless of the real reason it took so long to get these people together, it is still unclear what the topics of discussion were. It is highly likely, however, they delved into issues surrounding pending changes to the spectrum licensing fee regime and to the antenna tower policy. But the question still remains, have their concerns over these two highly important issues fallen on deaf ears?