Thank you, Minister.
Thomas Edison came to Sudbury to prospect in 1901. I'm sure he would be proud of the five-year mineral tax exploration credit. Industry, I know, is very supportive and very pleased with it.
Talking about Sudbury, which I represent with my colleague Paul Lefebvre, Greater Sudbury is as you know the largest municipality in Ontario and the fifth-largest municipality in Canada. We also have the largest city-contained lake in North America, Lake Wanapitei. We have 330 lakes, great for fishing and hunting, that have been restored. We have a really rich history with our first nations communities.
The mining companies in Greater Sudbury and northern Ontario have been leaders on environmental stewardship, even when leading the fight against acid rain, with Inco at the time and the PC Mulroney government. Sometimes I think the “P” has been removed today from the Conservative Party, but Mulroney really understood the need to work with...and the government at that time.
In Sudbury we prioritized the greening of the land, the partnership with the city. We looked at the community and the mining to create a green and cleaner footprint. I have today here on my lapel pin “40 years”. That's not my age. It's the 40 years of regreening in Greater Sudbury.
Minister, can you explain to us what Natural Resources Canada had done to incentivize, to promote the mining industry to continually be more sustainable in the future?