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Policy Briefing: Resources

Quebec’s asbestos industry seeks government assistance to continue operations

Without provincial funding and federal support, critics say Canada wouldn’t be exporting harmful substance abroad.
Resources are powering the Canadian economy, but industry tells government that it could do even more with some regulatory reform.
Natural resource critics tell government to come up with a strategy for the struggling industry
U.S. author and activist Jeremy Rifkin, one of the most popular social thinkers of our time, says in his new book that faced with the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan for the future.
Canada needs to gain access to new energy markets in order to get a competitive price for our products and to diversify away from reliance solely on the U.S. market.
Isn’t it time to develop our energy policy in Canada, or do we want to continue letting other countries effectively determine our future based on their own domestic considerations?
This pipeline represents the ‘grab-and-go’ resource exploitation of decades past, and the government’s blind support of it ignores calls from workers and environmentalists alike who want to see clean, green jobs as the focus of the government’s development strategy.
The federal government must start playing a more active role in establishing an energy strategy and coordinating with Canadian provinces. If they don’t, we will leave it up to industry and our American partners to define what this strategy should be.
NRCan Minister Joe Oliver says he is counting on approval of Keystone and Northern Gateway mega-projects, but environmental groups are hailing the end of ‘business as usual’ in the tar sands.

With natural resources industries doing the heavy lifting in Canada’s economic recovery, the portfolio has never been more important.

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