Feds show little interest in tougher oversight of mining firms’ actions abroad
By Peter MazereeuwApr. 20, 2016
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
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.
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