Mr. Speaker, nearly one million people are directly or indirectly involved in the mining sector. This week, national mining week, offers us an opportunity to draw attention to their contribution to the economies of Quebec and of Canada.
The men and women of the mining sector toil long and hard, often putting their lives and their health at risk. They deserve our admiration and respect. Their work is essential, for it contributes to our quality of life and our collective wealth.
The mining industry provides us with the raw materials that are transformed into high technology products we find in many items used in our daily lives.
The federal government has promised to hand full responsibility for mines back to the provinces. It will then be the Government of Quebec's responsibility to help the mining industry to develop, and we are confident that Quebec will be equal to that task.
In the meantime, we are asking the federal government to live up to its promises, for once.