Statement by the Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P. on the Harper Government's Commitment to the Responsible Development of Resources

July 23, 2012

OTTAWA — “Our Government is committed to gaining access to fast-growing, emerging markets for Canada's natural resources. This access will create hundreds of thousands of new, high-quality jobs and provide billions of dollars in Government revenue to pay for vital social programs right across this country. Jobs and economic growth benefiting all Canadians is our number one priority.”

"An important step in achieving that prosperity for all Canadians is our Government's Responsible Resource Development initiative. It enables the thorough and timely review of major resource projects and will ensure that Canada fully participates in the enormous potential of new markets in Asia and elsewhere for our energy and mining products.”

"I can assure Canadians that under Responsible Resource Development, only projects that meet our rigorous environmental standards will go forward. Furthermore, our initiative will enhance Aboriginal consultation so that Aboriginal communities can participate in and benefit from resource development.”

Our Government is determined that Canada seize today's enormous opportunities in a careful and responsible manner for the benefit of Canadians now and in the future. We look forward to working with the provinces to secure the long-term prosperity of Canada.”

Media may contact: 

Patricia Best
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

The general public may contact: 

Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT
Telephone: 613-995-0947
TTY: 613-996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired)
Email: questions@nrcan.gc.ca