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Natural Resources Canada

November 28, 2012

VANCOUVER — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today delivered remarks to the Business Council of British Columbia highlighting our government’s commitment to building shared prosperity across Canada. Our plan for Responsible Resource Development supports 800,000 direct jobs across our country while ensuring the environment is protected. Resource industries represent 13 percent of British Columbia’s economy.

“The Harper government is fully committed to supporting jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity across Canada,” said Minister Oliver. “Our approach to Responsible Resource Development is supporting 1.6 million jobs in every region of our country — including 100,000 direct jobs in British Columbia — and will result in new opportunities for thousands more.”

Responsible Resource Development supports critical social programs including health and education from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Our government’s plans are also helping strengthen Canada’s robust marine and pipeline safety standards. We are strengthening pipeline safety by increasing the number of annual oil and gas pipeline inspections by 50 percent and by doubling the number of annual audits.

“The business conducted here supports this thriving and vibrant city and all this activity is carried out in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Minister Oliver. “Development cannot proceed unless it is sustainable and responsible. All proposals from business must be independently and objectively reviewed by the experts.”

Natural resources account for 80 percent of British Columbia’s export of goods. Over the past several months, Minister Oliver has led economic missions to the United States, Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, India, the Philippines and Hong Kong to promote Canada’s abundant resources.

“Our commitment to creating new markets is critical for our collective economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Oliver. “We are working to allow Canadian companies to compete in some of the fastest growing economies in the world, which increases opportunities for all Canadians.”

The recently released World Energy Report 2012 found that the United States will be “almost self-sufficient in energy, in net terms, by 2035”. However, close to 75 percent of Canada's natural resources exports are to the United States. This highlights the critical need for investments in independently, objectively reviewed proposals from business in order to develop and export our resources for our shared prosperity.

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