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Mining Sector Regulation in Quebec and Canada : Is a Redefinition of Asymmetrical Relations Possible ?

In "Mining Sector Regulation in Quebec and Canada : Is a Redefinition of Asymmetrical Relations Possible ?," Myriam Laforce, Ugo Lapointe, and Véronique Lebuis examine the power relations that have historically shaped the regulation of mining in Quebec and Canada. They show how this regulatory regime, to the extent that it continues to reflect the principle of free mining, privileges the values and interests of mining companies in contrast to those of Aboriginal groups, environmental activists, or local communities. As their paper shows, despite successive governmental legislation and rhetoric concerning the environment and sustainable development, Canada’s mining regimes continue to prioritize the values of economic growth and competitiveness, and to favour relations of power and influence within the industry that often do not appear to be to the advantage of groups and communities affected by mining activities.

Laforce, Myriam, Ugo Lapointe et Véronique Lebuis. 2009. « Mining Sector Regulation in Quebec and Canada : Is a Redefinition of Asymmetrical Relations Possible ? », Studies in Political Economy : A Socialist Review, no 84, automne, p. 47-78.

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