In the article Canadian mining companies need tougher rules, Janet Bagnall argues for the necessity of Bill C-300, as there has been increasing evidence that Canadian mining companies “have been involved in sustained and flagrant violations of environmental protection.” As a result,
Two years ago, Norwegian Minister of Finance Kristin Halvorsen ordered Norway’s government pension fund to divest itself of a $200-million-plus investment in Canadian mining company, Barrick Gold Corp.
Furthermore, according to a recent study commissioned by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, “Canadian mining companies are implicated in four times as many environmental and human-rights violations as mining companies from other countries,” and also account for two-thirds of the “high profile” environmental and human rights violations.
The proposed law would “ensure corporations engaged in mining, oil or gas activities and receiving support from the government of Canada act in a manner consistent with international environmental best practices and with Canada’s commitments to international human rights standards.”
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