#Votemining was an initiative launched before this recent election to prompt the provincial political parties of BC to take a stance on mining and bring social awareness to the important impact mining has on our economy and the crucial need for mineral exploration.
Three corporations formed vote mining: the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME), the Mining Association of BC (MABC) and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC (MSABC). Their purpose was to harness this issue and focus on the fact that there are more than 10,000 direct BC employees in the mining industry and 20,000 indirect employees in service and supply industries. Mining is a massive industry in BC that impacts thousands of our citizen’s lives, it is important to know where our leaders stand on the mining industry.
Vote Mining played an active role with their twitter account, taking to social media and posting responses from their survey by political party members such as Phillip Ryan (BC Citizens First Party), Josh Steffler (Libertarian Party of BC), Adam Olsen (BC Green Party), and Spencer Chandra Herbert (BC NDP).
All NDP elected party members responded with positive support towards the issue. The recently elected Premier John Horgan was committed to ongoing flow-through tax credit for mineral exploration, eliminating PST from electricity used for mining operations, funding training programs in the mining industry, and protecting existing mining sites and operations.
Vote Mining actively encouraged citizens to ask the right questions to their political party leaders. Such as their first question on their survey:
“What fiscal measures will you implement to ensure that mineral exploration and development remains globally competitive and able to attract investment?”
There are detailed accounts of all the party member’s responses to their survey on their website. Even though the election has already taken place, we encourage you to read their responses to truly understand the massive importance the mining industry plays in BC’s economy.