To the editor:
Mining, mining, mining. So many of these (government) trade missions are concerned with mining.
I think (Kelonwa-Lake Country MP Ron) Cannan needs to catch up with the critique of the behaviour of Canadian mining companies in foreign locales.
Typically, the companies roar in, tear apart communities, displace peoples, destroy forests and farmland, contaminate rivers and drinking water, often engaging in human rights abuses, if not murder, and never leave again unless the mines are exhausted or they’re run out by angered people.
Just days ago the CBC uploaded a documentary onto its website, The New Conquistadors, about the epic conflict between Canadian mining companies in Panama and the local people who want them out: http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/thenewconquistadors/