B.C.’s ailing mining industry is about to get a thorough going-over to determine how things can be improved.
Mines Minister Bill Bennett says he will soon launch a competitive analysis of the entire industry.
“I will be naming somebody from the mining industry to head this up. We are going to look at absolutely everything that we could perhaps do better in government. The mining industry is going to be, I think happy, to have the opportunity to tell us what we can do better.”
Bennett says this review will look at everything from the prospector, to multi-million-dollar mining companies over the next six to eight months.
Bennett also had strong words for Justin Trudeau, in the wake of remarks the Prime Minister made at the global economic in Switzerland, saying he’s off base in distancing Canada from its Natural Resource sector.
Bennett says Trudeau needs to remember it is not an either or situation and there is no better place for these resources to come from than this country.
He says Canada has the most technologically advanced mining, forestry, and oil and gas methods in the world.
“Where else would you rather have those resources come from than Canada that cares about the environment. That includes indigenous people in all of our projects so they can benefit. This is the best place for the world to get their resources because we do it right here.”
After Trudeau said it is what is “between our ears” and not “what is under our feet” that matters, Bennett is reminding the Prime Minister people don’t work in the Natural Resources industry without plenty of education and training.