BC’s Mines Minister is headed off to Mackenzie as the keynote speaker at Minerals North. The conference got underway yesterday, with updates on the state of mining in an age where commodities prices are less than ideal. But many in the industry feel the slump may have hit bottom and mining should see a rebound in two years. For Bill Bennett, the timing is just perfect and the provincial government is taking strides to ensure industry can capitalize on a resurgence.
“We have done something called the Major Mine Permitting Office that we just got approval in this last budget, says Bennett, who adds that is part of his message to the mining community now and moving forward/. “I had a 40% lift in my budget. I’m the only Minister that got a lift. I have a small budget, but a 40% lift is significant. That will go towards improving our permitting process, particularly when someone has found something that is good enough, a deposit that justifies going out and raising the money to build a mine.”
He says he wants to ensure the mining industry continues to talk, and loudly, about the mining potential that exists in this province.