Carrington, John K.
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Mining and its meaning to Canada and Canadians. Domestic struggles. An inefficient approval process governing new mine developments in Canada. Internationally, facing the growing use of non-tariff trade barriers against metals. The significance of the industry. Some Canadian mining history, and some figures reflecting the importance of the industry to Canada's economy. Personal importance--a look around the room. Challenges facing the mining industry, as mentioned previously, now illustrated with examples. Solutions. The need for bold solutions. Some suggestions. Steps to take to champion an industry that has provided so much for Canada. Slicing through the red tape. Recent examples of successful dialogue with stakeholders. The forthcoming review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Seeking improvements to the environmental-assessment process that will guarantee adequate environmental protection while providing a better investment climate for mining and other industries. Industry and government working together to address threats to market access. The new Minerals and Metals Policy adopted by the federal govenrment in 1996. The importance of this policy guiding Canada's negotiations in Seattle. Concluding remarks.