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Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured, is the minister responsible for the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which has a big role to play in transforming remote and northern Canada, says the Mining Association of Canada’s Brendan Marshall. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The North needs more infrastructure to unlock its wealth potential

The future of Canada’s mining industry lies increasingly in remote and northern regions, but the infrastructure deficit challenges project economics in this part of the country.
The following is an excerpt from Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.
Bill C-48 would ‘basically trap Alberta oil,’ says Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons.
The assumption that green infrastructure will be accepted by communities by virtue of being good for the climate may fast be put to the test.
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