Without investigatory powers, feds’ watchdog for mining industry toothless
March 4, 2021
While Canada is mired in inaction, other advanced economies are stepping up. Europe is in the process of establishing mandatory, human rights legislation on due diligence.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised his government would create the world’s first-ever ombudsperson for business and human rights and committed to giving the ombudsperson the powers needed to do its job. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Government of Canada’s record on human rights and the mining sector is, at best, a pattern of inaction and, at worse, acquiescence to mining industry demands.
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