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Feds show little interest in tougher oversight of mining firms’ actions abroad

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Ministers decline to say if change is needed to existing policies.

Labour Minister MaryAnne Mihychuk says most Canadian mining companies are exemplary when it comes to CSR. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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The Liberal government is showing no sign it plans to change the way Canadian mining companies are held accountable when acts of violence, intimidation, or environmental degradation are linked to their overseas operations. A large proportion of the world’s mining companies are based in Canada, and over the years several of those companies and their subsidiaries have been directly or indirectly tied to abuses of people and the environment around foreign mine sites. Activists, advocacy groups, and politicians,

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