Harper Government’s Extractive-Sector Consultations Continue in Calgary

September 19, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today met with representatives of companies in Alberta’s extractive sector as part of a series of consultations that will help guide the Government of Canada as it looks at ways to continue to support the extractive sector and foster success in priority markets around the world.

“Alberta’s world-leading extractive sector is creating jobs and prosperity here at home and in every corner of the globe, and we all benefit from this success,” said Minister Fast. “We are taking every opportunity to expand export markets and help Alberta companies in the extractive sector thrive in global markets. By undertaking cross-country consultations, we are working hand-in-glove with extractive-sector industries to ensure we are on the right track to help maximize the sector’s success at home and abroad in key priority markets.”

Canadian companies in the extractive sector account for almost half of worldwide mining activities and employ thousands of people abroad. Fully two thirds of Canadian mining companies’ operations are outside Canada. The world looks to Canadian scientists, engineers, technologies and investment to develop the resources in their own backyards. Our companies are also leaders in corporate social responsibility, committed to being a positive influence in the communities in which they operate.

“Our government is focused on what matters to Canadians: jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Fast. “The Canadian extractive sector supports thousands of high-paying jobs across Canada—in cities as well as in rural and remote communities—and in communities where Canadian companies operate abroad. I welcome the valuable contributions stakeholders from Alberta are bringing to our cross-country consultations, which will in turn help us develop a strong and targeted plan for our extractive sector.”

Canadian extractive-sector companies operate projects in the United States, South America, Africa, Europe and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information, please visit Cross-Country Extractive Sector Consultations.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332
rudy.husny@international.gc.ca

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