Québec City, January 8, 2019 – Following the cabinet shuffle completed by François Legault, the Québec Mining Association (QMA) notes the appointment of Benoit Charette as Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change. It congratulates him on his new appointment and reiterates its willingness to assist him in his new duties.
In the view of the QMA, the mining industry must be able to rely on a Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change who is aware of the issues facing the industry and who puts forward legislative and regulatory measures that ensure that the government’s objectives can be achieved in a way that takes the realities of Québec’s mining sector into account.
« Québec can count on a mining industry that is responsible and conducts its operations in a way that respects both people and the environment. Several promising mines are now operating, and others are under development. Actions must be taken now to ensure that the mining industry continues to drive Québec’s prosperity, in particular by reducing excessive delays in the environmental authorization process for the development of mining projects. This affects Québec’s competitive edge worldwide, and the QMA hopes that Mr. Charrette will remain attentive to its concerns. »– Josée Méthot, President and CEO of the QMA
About the Québec Mining Association
The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in exploration, extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 40,540 jobs and total expenditure of $8.5 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry over the last year. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.