Natural Resources

Minister to attend national mining conference (08/09/04)

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Sept. 4, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Progress on Aboriginal involvement in mining and energy, as well as concerns about shortages of skilled labour in these sectors, will be discussed at the upcoming 2008 Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference. Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault will attend the conference Sept. 6-9 in Saskatoon, Sask.

"Mining is a billion-dollar-plus industry in New Brunswick, and I'm pleased to attend this conference to spread the word about mining opportunities in our province," said Arseneault. "Continued growth in demand for mineral resources in countries such as China and India should help keep metal prices fairly high in the long term, which is good news for exploration investment and mine development in New Brunswick."

Other topics on the agenda include progress reports on the Canadian Mining Innovation Council, regulatory performance improvement and a joint session with energy ministers.

Arseneault will host the Canadian Council of Forestry Ministers meeting in Fredericton Sept.10- 11.


MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Jones, communications, Natural Resources, 506-453-2614.