B.C. mines minister clarifies remarks on Justin Trudeau’s Davos [resources] comments – by Geordon Omand (Globe and Mail – January 27, 2016)


VANCOUVER — The Canadian Press – British Columbia’s mines minister is clarifying his position on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks about Canada’s natural-resource economy.

Bill Bennett said the meaning behind a comment he made Tuesday was not that Mr. Trudeau might come to regret remarks he made in a speech overseas, but that the media may have misquoted the Prime Minister.

Speaking last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Trudeau said his predecessor wanted Canada to be known for its resources, but he wants it known for its resourcefulness.

Canada amounts to not just the resources under Canadians’ feet, but rather what lies between their ears, the Prime Minister said in his keynote address.

Mr. Bennett originally told reporters that Mr. Trudeau may regret the statement after being asked about the quotes at a mineral-exploration conference in Vancouver.

“I’ve been quoted many, many times in my 15-year career and regretted some of the things that I’ve said, and just the context that I said them in, so perhaps there’s some element of that here.”

Mr. Bennett said Canada’s resource sector is one of the most technologically advanced in the world and that its workers are well trained and well educated.

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