Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a visit to the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in Toronto on March 5, 2019, for a sit-in interview conducted by outgoing PDAC president Glenn Mullan.
Below is a full transcript of the 20-minute interview, edited for clarity. Topics that Trudeau and Mullan discussed included technological innovation, sustainable mining practices, federal regulatory changes and reconciliation efforts with Canada’s First Nations.
Glenn Mullan: We’re so much looking forward to the fireside chat without a fire. And we have a couple of topics that we thought would be agreeable for discussion, including Canada’s competitiveness, indigenous affairs and some of the regulatory things that we’re working on in collaboration with your government in particular.
There’s a lot of people that work in the mining industry in Canada — about 630,000 that come from every province, every territory, every community in Canada. And so competitiveness is a key part of our industry and we face challenges from a broad range of sources, some domestic — cannabis, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain — and international — Australia and many other countries that compete with us.
But one of the things that we were thrilled to see this year was the renewal of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for five years. Before, each year we met the renewal with relief more than enthusiasm since 2000?
Justin Trudeau: Eighteen straight one-year renewals.