Where They Stand

reponse from:

Joey Doyle

Vancouver-Fairview  |   Your Political Party of BC (YPP)   |  May 08, 2017


1. What fiscal measures will you implement to ensure that mineral exploration and development remains globally competitive and able to attract investment?

Your Political Party of BC (YPP) would continue the current policy of a refundable income tax credit to encourage investment in the mining industry. We believe that the government should also encourage innovation within the industry, such as with the current Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax incentive program. I would look into expanding this program and offering further incentives of a similar nature.

I also support opening up the criteria to allow regular individuals to purchase flow-through shares that provide new exploration mining companies the ability to pass expenses onto investors. Currently these types of investments are open to individuals with a high enough net worth or income to be able to apply the expenses against their own income, and still profit off of increased share prices. Projects like InvestX represent an innovative way to balance the interests of retail investors against the risks posed by free-flow shares. I would look into expanding a similar type of program for people in British Columbia.



2. BC industries compete with many global jurisdictions that do not have a carbon tax. What measures will you take to ensure trade exposed industries like mining remain competitive while paying for carbon emissions?

We support the carbon tax as it currently stands and applies to the mining industry. The carbon tax encourages environmental sustainability and responsible practices from industry. We do need to ensure that there are benefits to the mining industry so that the tax is truly revenue neutral.

I would also look into some of the further recommendations of the Carbon Leadership Team, such as expanding the tax to capture non-combustion emissions, but any action on the carbon tax would have to be undertaken after full consideration of the effects it might have on industry such as mining. We need to seek a balance between environmental and economic factors.

3. Do you believe revenue collected from carbon tax should be reinvested in new processes or technologies that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions at mining operations?

Yes. As I mention above, the carbon tax as it stands now is not revenue neutral for the mining industry. Mining companies pay millions of dollars in tax and none of the revenue is currently being reinvested in helping mining companies reduce emissions or develop more sustainable technology. We would support a credit for mining companies who wish to directly reinvest their owed carbon taxes into more sustainable technologies. This would need to be subject to quotas to determine the level of carbon emission reduction that would qualify. YPP also wants complete government transparency, which would allow actors in the mining industry to know how their tax is being invested, and how to better encourage competitive and sustainable industry practices.


Transportation Infrastructure

4. What will you do to promote infrastructure development in BC that supports mineral and coal exploration and mining (hydroelectric power generation, transmission lines, natural resource roads, railways, ports etc.)?

I support investing in the development of infrastructure that supports mineral and coal exploration and mining. Many projects currently have gone undeveloped because of a lack of infrastructure. We would work with industry actors to develop sustainable exploration and mining plans that rely on power and rail infrastructure.

This must be subject to the condition that the companies employ primarily local individuals. If the government is providing a public service and public funds, the benefit must be returned to the public through local job opportunities and stimulating the local economy. Employing local workers would likely involve some level of training, for which I also support a cooperative program between government and industry.


Land Access

5. What will you do to ensure prospectors and mineral explorers have access to as much land as possible to conduct temporary and low impact mineral exploration for valuable, but hidden, deposits?

I support maintaining the current legislative regime as outlined in the Mineral Tenure Act, and bringing clarity to the rules around land access. This would involve examining the regulations surrounding land access, ensuring consistency, and eliminating redundancy. We can also provide better resources for miners and explorers to understand the rules and learn whether their proposed project can fit into an exemption. I would also look to Saskatchewan’s MARS as a system of more efficiently allocating claims and closures, and implementing best practices into BC’s online claims system.


First Nations

6. What will you do to resolve long-standing land claims? And what are the opportunities to enhance relationships between government, First Nations and industry?

Any resolution with Indigenous persons must respect their traditional rights and the obligations of the Crown, through meaningful consultation and consensual agreements. This requires ensuring that Indigenous persons are placed at the centre of the decision-making and management processes, and that economic benefits are shared with the people upon whose land the mining operations are taking place. One way to accomplish this is to work with Indigenous Stakeholders such as the BC First Nations Energy & Mining Council to establish a permanent system in which tripartite actors can participate in process. We can also encourage mining companies to train and employ Indigenous persons in their operations.


Skills and Training

7. What will you do to encourage new skills development opportunities and support the attraction, recruitment and retention of highly qualified workers needed for BC mining projects both now and in the future?

I would work to establish programs for training local persons to have the necessary qualifications to work in BC mining projects. This could involve creating incentives for mining companies to hire and train local persons. It also includes the development of Canada-wide and international partnerships to coordinate training across jurisdictions, utilizing online platforms for training, and developing a central training advisory committee to provide support and coordination for the mining industry.