The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.At about the mid-point of new Canadian Heritage minister Hélène Chalifour Scherrer’s first address to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, my cell phone rang with the first bars of Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It. I’d downloaded the ringtone in the course of some exhaustive, probing research into MuchMusic’s new online music shop - posing the hard journalistic questions such as "Roma Khanna uses Tainted Love; how cool is that?" and "Why don’t they have Meat Loaf’s I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)? Wasn’t that a great song?"  Of course I was mortified at the sudden interruption to the minister’s presentation with my classic hair metal - the same competitive intelligence analysis process had led me to download Alanis Morrissette’s You Oughta Know, a more appropriate piece of good, solid CanCon that might better have suited the circumstances, with a catchy riff to boot. Yet, the Twisted Sister tune didn’t seem out of place. The MPs who sit on the committee don’t appear to be in the mood to accept much guff these days - even from their Cabinet betters. Maybe they’ve been emboldened by Paul Martin’s speechifying on the new and expanded role for backbenchers in his government. How else to explain the grilling that even Liberal members put Scherrer through on the issues of foreign ownership, the CBC and the Canadian Television Fund? Andit wasn’t just the minister who was a target for the grumpy politicians. Members applauded the minister’s tough stance on WIPO implementation with a proposed timetable that will likely set teeth on edge (kind of like Dee Snider’s singing does) among the bureaucrats at Industry Canada’s Queen Street HQ. If this is how the committee wants to start the session, we can’t wait to see how they finish it. At the end of the day, the ’80s anthem may even prove too tame to describe the committee’s mood. I’ll have to revisit the shop.muchmusic.com site in the near future to find something more appropriate. Metallica’s Don’t Tread on Me would be a great way to interrupt a high-level minister with a $2.50 ringtone, and in sympathy with the committee’s new assertiveness.