April 19, 2017, Vancouver, BC: The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), Association for Mineral Exploration (AME), and Mining Suppliers Association of British Columbia (MSABC) launched the Vote Mining campaign today to raise awareness about the importance of the mineral exploration and mining sector to the provincial economy and to encourage citizens to ask their candidates how they will support BC’s mining industry.
Votemining.ca is the campaign’s official website and it provides British Columbians with the tools and knowledge to ask their candidates the important questions. The Vote Mining ‘Take Action’ tool will also facilitate voters’ ability to write to their candidates and ask how they plan to support mineral exploration and mining in BC.
“BC’s mineral exploration and mining industry remains a major driver for the provincial economy. As partners in the Vote Mining Campaign, we wish to provide British Columbians with factual information that will showcase how important it is for candidates and voters to support such a critical industry that creates local opportunities for people living in every region of the province.”, said Gavin C. Dirom, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mineral Exploration (AME).
Karina Briño, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia, said “Mining contributed $7.78 billion to the BC economy in 2015 and contributed $476 million in payments to government, supporting important social programs such as schools and hospitals. We urge British Columbians to seek further information through our Vote Mining campaign. Together, we have the potential to grow our industry and provide family-supporting jobs across B.C., and to continue our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and positive partnerships with communities and First Nations.”
Alec Morrison, President & CEO of the Mining Suppliers Association of BC, said “The mining and mineral exploration industry directly and indirectly employs over 30,000 British Columbians in both rural and urban areas. It is important that every British Columbian let their local candidates know how vital this sector is for their province.”
Prior to the May 9th Provincial Election, we encourage all British Columbians to visit votemining.ca, to learn more and ask local candidates where they stand on the mineral exploration and mining industry.
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