OTTAWA, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - In the midst of the annual convention of
the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and just in
advance of a third attempt at reforming the Quebec's mining law in the
National Assembly, polls by Léger Marketing released today by the
Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) show that:
the overwhelming majority of Quebec voters disagree with current laws
that give the rights of mining companies precedence over rights of
private landowners, Aboriginal communities and municipalities,
Quebecers feel that protection of the environment, and community and
property rights should be prioritized in the mining reform legislation,
a large proportion of voters believe that mining royalties are
inadequate; and that
a province-wide independent evaluation of the economic, health and
environmental impacts of uranium mining should be completed before the
province approves any uranium mining proposals.
Suzann Méthot, CBI's Regional Director in Quebec, said: "These surveys
clearly show that that the mining industry needs to take immediate
action to bring itself into the 21st century. It can start by ending their defense of the outdated idea
that the rights of mining companies should supersede those of
individuals, communities, and the environment."
Private Property and Community Rights:
A majority of respondents (82%) do not think that mining companies
should be granted claims on private land without obtaining the consent
of the landowner, as is currently permitted in Quebec.
A majority of respondents (82%) believe that municipalities should be
given the right to exclude certain sensitive areas of their territory
A majority of respondents do not think that the rights of prospectors
and mining companies should take precedence over the rights of
communities and nations (71%), municipalities (73%), and private owners
(77%), as is currently the case in Quebec.
Although opinion is split (39% against 35% favourable) regarding the
desirability of uranium mining in Quebec, more than 78% of Quebec
voters agree that the government should commission a province-wide
independent review of the environmental and social impacts of uranium
mining before authorizing any projects.
In Northern Quebec, where Strateco Resources Inc has been seeking
approval of the Matoush uranium mine the results were similar. A little
more than half (55%) of the respondents oppose uranium mining in
Northern Quebec, and just over a third (35%) support it; however, a
full 86% agreed that the government should commission a province-wide
independent review of the environmental and the social sector impacts
of uranium mining before authorizing any projects.
Finally, the majority of northern respondents (77%), including non-Crees
(63%), says Strateco Resources Inc. should respect the decision of the
Crees to not pursue its uranium exploration project in their territory.
Mining reform priorities:
Hight on the list of priorities in the reform of the mining laws were,
better protection off the environment (52%), better protection of the
rights of individuals and affected communities (51%), and in third,
raising taxes or royalties on mining (34%).
More than half of Quebecers (55%) believe that mining royalties are too
low, versus 11% who find that they are fair and 6% who think they are
A majority of Quebecers (60%) support additional royalties on revenue
(instead of on declared profits), compared with 11% who believe that
there should be no change in current royalty regime. More than half of
Quebecers (54%) felt that between 10% and 60% of the overall value of
mineral extracted in Quebec should remain in Quebec in forms of
royalties, taxes or reinvestments. The current amount is about 4.5%.
Both surveys were conducted by the polling firm Léger Marketing for the
Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI). The first, an online survey, had a
representative sample of 1,000 respondents across Quebec, taken between
February 11-13 (a random sample of 1,000 would yield a maximum margin
of error of +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20). The second, with a sample
group of 300 respondents in Northern Quebec, was conducted February
12-19, and has a(maximum margin of error of +/- 5.66%, 19 times out of
Both surveys can be viewed online at www.borealcanada.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Boreal Initiative
For further information:
Suzanne Fraser, Director of communications, CBI firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 552-7277