Health, environment, economy: Quebec must stop being a mining Wild West, according to a new survey

“While large multinationals are eyeing Quebec’s resources and several regions are experiencing an unprecedented mining boom, this survey reveals that the population is not ready to sacrifice its health and the environment on the altar of the economy. . -Marc Nantel Abitibi-Témiscamingue Mining Observation Group

“The results of the survey are unequivocal and without surprise. Citizens today reject the logic of economy before life. They no longer accept being sacrificed to the interests of a delinquent industry which has the means to do things differently.” – Véronique Lalande, Citizen Watch Initiative of the Port of Quebec

“The poll clearly shows that the population does not trust the industry and current government measures. Governments must quickly take concrete action to protect our lakes, rivers and ecologically valuable environments. – Rebecca Petrin, Emergency Water

“The last few months have been marked by ongoing discussions on acceptable standards for air pollutants, whether nickel in Quebec or arsenic in Rouyn-Noranda. This survey confirms that the appeals launched for several years by these communities find an echo with everyone. of Quebec. People have an appetite for political decisions that respect the health of everyone, humans and ecosystems alike. – Dr. Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers, Quebec Association of Physicians for the Environment

“Industry and governments rely heavily on so-called ‘critical’ and ‘future’ minerals to justify more mining. But we can’t move forward with so-called ‘future’ minerals with laws and outdated practices.” -Ugo Lapointe, Coalition Quebec Best Mine

“This survey shows that the public is demanding major reforms to ensure that the mining industry reduces its environmental footprint and protects affected populations.” – Me Anne-Sophie Doré, Quebec Center for Environmental Law

“While the mining industry spends millions on advertising to promote a green image, this survey reveals that these public relations campaigns are not working. The public has a very different image of the industry and wants to see concrete action taken to reduce mining pollution. – Alice-Anne Simard, Nature Quebec

“We are losing five years on our life expectancy and we are much more likely to have certain cancers than elsewhere in Quebec. What the population needs are not advertisements and millions of dollars in technical announcements to reduce pollutant emissions, but firm commitments to achieve the same air quality standards as everywhere else in Quebec. . -Nicole Desgagnes, Citizens Committee on Toxic Waste and Emissions (ARET) of Rouyn-Noranda

“In 2022, it is high time to stop considering the natural environments of Quebec as a simple reservoir of industrial resources to be exploited. Reserving vast expanses of preserved nature for our physical and spiritual well-being and that of our descendants is more than a necessity, it is an imperative.” – Normand Éthier, SOS Grenville on the Red

“The government and the mining industry are making a lot of noise about the future of minerals. But this question also concerns our future and we would like to have our say. For the moment, we are not listened to by the government and we are afraid of becoming a sacrificed region. We have other projects for our beautiful territory. – David Pharand Mayor of Duhamel

“Our citizens are very attached to our territory, dotted with exceptional lakes and rivers. We hear their message very well and we share it. Under current government rules, our MRC is incompatible with mining activity. – Benoit Lauzon, Warden of the MRC of Papineau

“The 21 municipalities in our region have now passed resolutions opposing the expansion of graphite mining projects on our territory. We are currently witnessing a proliferation of “mining titles” and intensive drilling. Mining would take place in very large surface mines. this would have a major impact on the environment. The risks of “sustainable destruction” are numerous. – Louis St-Hilaire, Group for the protection of the lakes of the Petite Nation

“Polluting to create jobs is no longer socially acceptable. The current and future mining boom, linked to American and European demand, in particular to supply batteries for electric vehicles, should not be underestimated. The population is no longer ready to sacrifice its health and the environment. We need a real ecological transition. -Marc Fafard SISU and current President of the VBO Sept-Iles

“The mining industry spends millions on advertising to paint its image green, but the paint is not sticking. Beyond advertising campaigns, the public is demanding concrete actions to reduce mining pollution.” -Daniel Green, The society to overcome pollution

“Whether it is to supply minerals to the old or the new so-called “green” economy, the population is calling for major reforms in the mining sector to really reduce the environmental footprint of the industry and protect the populations concerned. – May Dagher, Coalition of opponents to a mining project in Haute-Matawinie

“After the divine law, it is the mining law. The mining titles appear anywhere, by all means, whatever the ecological value of the territory and without consulting the local populations. It is high time to bring this law – which dates back to the gold rushes of the 19th century – into the 21st century.-Richard Desjardins, Boreal action

“Quebec and Canada must stop being a mining Wild West. The population is calling for major reforms to reduce the environmental footprint of the industry, protect the health of the population and require the consent of the communities before undertaking any activity on their territory. – Me Rodrigue Turgeon, MiningWatch Canada and Coalition Quebec Best Mine