2018 Elections : THE QUÉBEC MINING ASSOCIATION HOPES TO SEE CLEAR COMMITMENTS ON MINERAL DEVELOPMENT FROM THE POLITICAL PARTIES
Québec City, September 19, 2018 – The Québec Mining Association (QMA) took advantage of Premier Philippe Couillard's trip to the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region to reiterate its priorities and needs and promote a responsible approach to wealth-creating mineral development in Québec.
In the view of the QMA and its members, it is important that the Québec government that emerges from the poll of October 1 make every effort to
• reduce delays in the environmental authorization of projects, without making the requirements any less strict;
• reduce the costs connected with mineral and resource development.
Although all three main parties have shown an openness to the mining industry, it is clear to the QMA that more must be done to maintain an atmosphere conducive to mining activity and investment in order to ensure the long-term viability of the mining sector in Québec.
"Although it is true that the mining industry is doing better, in general, than in previous years, it is important not to let our guard drop. It takes between 10 and 15 years from the discovery of a mineral deposit to the opening of a mine, and as a result we must invest now for the future and propose measures that will make Québec the envy of the mining world. It is also important to remember that some mineral products are not included in the current boom. They require support, in particular to attract investors," says Josée Méthot, the QMA's president and CEO.
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 45,550 jobs and total expenditure of almost $6 billion generated by Québec's mining industry. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.