MONTREAL, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a survey by Saine
Marketing, 72% of Quebeckers favour the development of the mining
industry. This percentage is 87% on the North Shore and 91% in Abitibi.
Job creation is the primary reason cited spontaneously for favouring
the development of the mining industry.
These findings come from a survey conducted between November 22 and
December 16 by Saine Marketing for Minalliance, the mineral industry
umbrella organization. The researchers polled 1,004 respondents across
the province (margin of error +/-3.1%) as well as 250 additional
respondents on the North Coast and the same number in Abitibi (margin
of error +/- 6.2% in each region).
In the province as a whole, people are highly in favour (20%) or in
favour (52%) of developing the mining industry. On the North Shore,
these figures are 32% and 55% respectively, and 44% and 47%
respectively in Abitibi.
The three main reasons cited by respondents for favouring the
development of the mining industry are job creation, its positive
economic effects and the possibility of developing our natural
resources. These are also the most frequently mentioned reasons among
respondents on the North Shore and in Abitibi, along with the positive
impact of the mining industry in the regions.
"The results of this survey show that Quebeckers recognize the
importance of the economic benefits of mining activity and a large
majority favour its development," said Claudine Renauld, executive
director of Minalliance. "The mining industry provides more than 52,000
direct and indirect jobs in Quebec. It makes a major contribution to
regional socio-economic development, as well as bringing in an average
of more than $280 million in net tax revenues for the Quebec government
in recent years. The mineral industry is recognized by the public as an
important economic player, not only in the mining regions but
throughout the province."
The survey shows that 18% are not very much in favour and 5% are not at
all in favour of developing the mining industry. The three main reasons
given spontaneously are its environmental impact, risks to workers and
the fact that respondents felt they were not well enough informed or
did not know enough about the industry. On the North Shore and in
Abitibi, those not in favour cite the mining industry's environmental
impact as the main reason.
In Quebec as a whole, 70% of respondents feel that, compared to 10 years
ago, the mining industry now has more concern for the environment. This
percentage is 87% on the North Shore and 88% in Abitibi. Still, a
significant percentage of Quebeckers believe there is room for
improvement, with 33% responding that mining companies are very
concerned or fairly concerned with the environment, whereas 56% feel
they have little or no concern for the environment. On the North Shore
and in Abitibi, more people feel that the mining industry is very
concerned or somewhat concerned about the environment (48% on the North
Shore and 61% in Abitibi) than the opposite (46% on the North Shore and
36% in Abitibi).
"Particularly in the mining regions, there is recognition of the
industry's efforts to minimize the impact of its operations on the
environment," said Ms. Renauld. "But Quebeckers have also told us there
is still work to be done. The mineral industry has heard this message
and intends to make an effort to act in a way that respects the
environment, in the spirit of sustainable development. We plan to act
by remaining attentive to public concerns and maintaining an open
dialogue with the different communities where the industry operates,"
A copy of the summary report on the survey is available on the
Minalliance website: www.minalliance.ca.
About Saine Marketing
Founded in 1982, Saine Marketing employs more than 200 people who serve
a broad range of clients across Canada. The firm respects the most
stringent quality standards in the industry and uses state-of-the-art
equipment and software. A member of the Marketing Research and
Intelligence Association (MRIA), Saine is recognized for its expertise,
which combines both research and strategy.
Minalliance is an organization that brings together the Quebec Mineral
Exploration Association (AEMQ) and the Quebec Mining Association (QMA),
as well as companies involved in mining exploration, operation and
services, equipment suppliers and financial institutions. Minalliance's
mandate is to raise public awareness of the mineral industry and
highlight the industry's contribution to the growth of Quebec and its
regions, integrating economic, social and environmental aspects.
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