The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The arrival of a new government can be a time for optimism. The total overhaul of the federal Cabinet instituted by newly minted Prime Minister Paul Martin is a hopeful sign for the telecom sector. As our lead story points out, many of those who now find themselves seated at the Cabinet table have proven to be knowledgeable about and friendly to the ICT industry.  The same is true of the parliamentary secretaries who, we are told, will have greater responsibilities and a higher level of access to ministers than their predecessors did. Factor in that two of Martin's senior advisors previously worked at telecom carriers and the picture looks rosy indeed.But time is not an ally to a sector that dearly needs immediate attention. This Cabinet is an interim government, fulfilling its mandate until an election can be held, possibly as early as this spring. The Martin team is so busy undoing the recent pronouncements of the Chrétien government it does not have time to forge ahead with vital matters such as foreign ownership, restructuring of the bureaucracy and updating legislation to account for technological change. Those things will have to wait until the next Cabinet is sworn in.  The supposed new profile for parliamentary secretaries is another announcement we will take with a very large grain of salt. New prime ministers, especially those elected party leader with widespread caucus support, invariably come into office promising greater powers for the backbenches. Brian Mulroney, whose ascent to the Progressive Conservative leadership would have been impossible without the vigourous backing of sitting MPs, made a spectacular show of vowing all caucus members would play a role in his government. As many of them grudgingly came to learn, true power was sealed up in an increasingly imperial prime minister's office.  Martin is not Mulroney, despite what Jack Layton may say. But the new PM must act decisively to reassure the telecom sector its concerns will be acknowledged.