QUEBEC — Serge Simard, Quebec minister for natural resources and wildlife, unveiled on June 29, 2009, Quebec's first-ever mineral strategy: Preparing the Future of Quebec's Mineral Sector.
"This strategy will make the Quebec mining industry an example of sustainable development that creates wealth, furthers social progress, and respects the environment. It falls within the scope of our government's actions to develop a new economic space, particularly for the opening up of Quebec's North. We are looking to local and aboriginal communities to take part in the development of the sector and reap the benefits of mining," declared Simard.
The strategy is constructed around three main policies. One, the mineral sector will be prepared to create wealth now and in the future. Two, mineral development will be done in an environmentally friendly manner. Three, the government will foster integrated, community-centred development.
Quebec is considered one of the world's most mining-friendly governments.
"This strategy has the potential to strengthen Quebec's already enviable position and could help ensure the sustainability of mining for future generations," noted Michel Boucher, general manager of Xstrata Nickel's Raglan mine in Nunavik. "We are confident that the government of Quebec will be able to implement measures quickly to achieve these objectives once it has consulted communities, the public, mining companies and other stakeholders engaged in the development of Quebec's mining sector."