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OTTAWA — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, is launching a four-day trip to four cities in Western Canada and Ontario to meet with business, community and Aboriginal leaders to discuss the importance of responsible resource development to jobs and economic growth across Canada.
“Energy, mining and forestry account for 10 percent of Canada’s real gross domestic product and are directly responsible for the jobs of more than three quarters of a million Canadians,” Minister Oliver said. “Given the expanding markets for key commodities, that number is likely to grow.”
During his tour Minister Oliver will underscore the importance of responsible resource development to ensure that Canada continues to attract investment in its resource sector so that the full potential of the country's abundant natural resources is unleashed to stimulate jobs and growth in a period of global economic uncertainty.
“New, rapidly growing economies are looking for our energy, minerals and forest products. But the world is a competitive place. If we do not act quickly to fill the demand for these commodities, the opportunity will pass us by,” Minister Oliver said. “That is why regulatory modernization is an economic fundamental we have to get right.”
The Minister has noted recently that major projects with thousands of jobs at stake are subject to long delays because of a needlessly complex regulatory system.
“We can achieve a regulatory system that protects Canadians and the environment, while helping to ensure future prosperity for Canadians across the country,” the Minister explained.
Minister Oliver will be visiting Regina (March 20), Vancouver (March 21), Winnipeg (March 22) and Sudbury (March 23). In addition to meeting with business and Aboriginal leaders, the Minister will deliver a number of keynote speeches and tour industrial facilities that form part of Canada’s natural resources supply chain.
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