The proposed new Québec Mining Act, also known
as Bill 43, was defeated today at the Québec National
Assembly. Originally tabled on May 29, 2013 by the
Québec Minister of Natural Resources, Bill 43 was the
latest in several recent attempts by the government of
Québec to reform Québec mining legislation.
Bill 43 was the subject of several special consultations and
public hearings with various stakeholders throughout the months of
September and October.
As a result of this process, the government had undertaken to
modify certain aspects of the new Mining Act. They had
agreed to consult with First Nations groups, to remove the
government's veto right with respect to the designation of
zones that were compatible or incompatible with mining activities
and to lessen the burden of mining producers to prove the economic
non-feasibility of processing ore mined within Québec.
Despite these undertakings, the authority of the government to
require a mining operator to process minerals in Québec in
exchange for the issuance of a mining lease remained a feature of
Bill 43. In addition, the government refused calls to establish
criteria for the designation of zones that were compatible or
incompatible with mining activities.
Following the tabling of a report on Bill 43 by the
Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Energy and Natural Resources
on October 2, 2013, the bill was put to debate before the
National Assembly on October 3, 2013. After several
debates, Bill 43 was defeated today with 51 votes in favour,
57 against and 2 abstentions.
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