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Canada: Parliament defeats bill aimed at holding extractive firms accountable for abuses abroad, following "fierce" industry lobbying

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Author: François Cardinal, La Presse [Canadá]

La Cámara de los comunes de Canadá se negó...a controlar a las numerosas mineras canadienses que operan en el extranjero, a pesar de su pobre balance social y medioambiental...[E]l proyecto de ley...[que] fue derrotado solamente por seis votos...pretendía condicionar el financiamiento federal de estas empresas al respeto de los derechos de las personas y del medioambiente en los países en vías de desarrollo. [se refiere a Barrick Gold, Blackfire Exploration]

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28 October 2010

NGO reactions to defeat of C-300 (Canada)

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 27 October 2010, the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act was defeated in the Canadian House of Commons by a vote of 140-134. NGOs' responses included the following:
- Amnesty International Canada: "Bill C-300 - Canada misses crucial opportunity to protect rights"...
- Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability: "Bill C-300: Narrow Defeat despite Widespread Support for Mining Accountability and Human Rights"...
- MiningWatch Canada: "Vote on Bill C-300 Signals Strong Momentum Towards Regulation of Canadian Mining Industry Overseas"...

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27 October 2010

Ethical mining bill defeated after fierce lobbying [Canada]

Author: Bill Curry, Globe and Mail [Canada]

The House of Commons has defeated Liberal legislation aimed at encouraging Canadian mining firms to act ethically abroad after a fierce lobbying battle...Human rights and environmental advocates had argued that the bill would help prevent corporate abuses abroad and recounted accusations of rape, corruption and violence against the industry...Mining firms called the allegations disturbing lies...Industry officials…warned the measures would cost jobs...The federal registry of lobbyists shows dozens of meetings took place over the past year as the Mining Association of Canada and individual mining firms knocked on doors of cabinet ministers, public servants and opposition MPs to express concern...The legislation would have forced the government to create guidelines on corporate accountability standards for Canadian mining, oil or gas activities based on human rights, social, health and safety and environmental standards...

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27 October 2010

[PDF] Statement by Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Mining Association of Canada on the Defeat of Bill C-300

Author: Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Mining Association of Canada

Canada’s mining and exploration industry, which employs more than 306,000 Canadians, is pleased that the Parliament of Canada saw the importance of defeating bill C-300, a fundamentally flawed private members bill that would have damaged Canada’s exploration and mining industry and jeopardized jobs...Canada’s mining and exploration industry is already actively engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility practices...Canada’s competitors would have used the passage of bill C-300 as a tool to undermine the competitiveness of Canadian firms...Frivolous or vexatious claims would have been filed against Canadian firms by competitive interests...Through our CSR initiatives, we work in partnership with community groups, governments and on the ground organizations to build capacity, provide infrastructure and social services...Companies are subject to all in-country laws and are held to high expectations by numerous domestic and international institutions...

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