Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, Quebec mining week 2004 was kicked off yesterday in Chibougamau.
In Quebec, in both the regions and urban centres, tens of thousands of jobs depend directly and indirectly on the success of the mining industry.
Quebec is duly recognized as a centre for mining excellence. More than ever, there must be encouragement for this economic sector, which has to keep up with the dizzying pace of scientific developments and the evolution of specialized technologies.
Whether it is finding innovative ways to reforest tailing sites or developing a better asphalt by adding chrysotile fibres, those working in the mining industry show creativity and innovation.
I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the mining industry's important place in Canadian society.
Subtopic: Semaine minière du Québec