Oversight urged for Canadian mining firms abroad


Well before his Liberal Party regained power in 2015, Canadian Member of Parliament John McKay argued for tighter government control over the conduct of Canada’s mining companies abroad, particularly in the areas of environment and human rights. Since Liberal leader Pierre Trudeau became prime minister, McKay has not let up, emphasizing Canada’s oversight responsibility as host to the largest number of domiciled mining companies in the world. Specifically, he wants the Trudeau government to go beyond current voluntary grievance mechanisms and create an independent ombudsman’s office that can investigate and impose sanctions. McKay says Canadians are disturbed to see lawsuits here against three Canadian mining companies concerning incidents abroad. And companies, he adds, are feeling the heat. “Mining companies have had their road to Damascus... [Log in to read more]

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