By Mary Louise McAllister
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Additional info for A Stake in the Future: Redefining the Canadian Mineral Industry
As the following discussion illustrates, however, despite its contributions to the Canadian economy and society, the industry is facing a number of serious challenges that it must address if it is to continue to play an important role in Canada and in the international arena. Assessing the Situation Competitiveness and the Canadian Mining Industry Mining and mineral processing have played an integral role in the development of Canada's economy and society. The mineral industry has been referred to as the 'backbone' of many regional economies in Canada.
Members of the urban public are also often ready to discount the relevance of mining to Canadian society. An unaware public and an unsympathetic policy regime have an adverse impact on traditional industries. It should be noted that this perception extends beyond mining. There is limited public recognition of the continuing importance of resource industries to Canada in general. One observer of the Canadian economy noted that: 'Perhaps the most important factor in Canada's ability to move forward is the attitudes and the mindset of individual Canadians ...
The initiative will be considered in the context of whether it is perceived to be a 'legitimate' approach to decision-making; whether the Canadian public interest can be advanced in such a process; and whether the process does achieve some measure of success in terms of developing a more harmonious and sustainable approach to mineral development in Canada. For multi-stakeholder consultative processes to be considered legitimate, several issues must be addressed. First, such processes will have to be devised in a way that is particularly sensitive to representation.
A Stake in the Future: Redefining the Canadian Mineral Industry by Mary Louise McAllister