Ottawa's expert panel on environmental processes hears about values-based principles developed by our made-on-the-west-coast initiative.
Understanding the meaning of responsible resource development is critically important at multiple levels, argues a paper presented on Dec. 12, 2016 to the Expert Panel for the Review of Environmental Assessment Processes.
The Panel was stopped in Vancouver to gather submissions when Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir made the submission.
"Without our voice to state clearly and unequivocally the rationale for understanding and supporting responsible resource development, this process could fall short of representing millions of ordinary Canadians," said Muir.
"Resource jobs bring benefits for all residents of Canada, paying the highest of any industrial wage category and creating up to six times the GDP impact of the average job," said Muir. "It is not uncommon to hear the value of the resource sector dismissed, but the facts say otherwise.
"Every Canadian has it in their self interest to ensure that the irreplaceable benefits that flow from our resource industries are realized properly and in line with broad popular values, including prioritization of environmental protection."
Muir tabled a paper on the topic and urged the panel to consider the value of a principles-based definition that would acknowledge these values:
- Aboriginal inclusion
- Public engagement
- Environmental protection
- Health and safety
- Economic benefits
- Long-term vision