Spurred by Sunday’s front-page New York Times story on Hudbay Minerals’ alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala, the entire Canadian mining industry is coming under increased scrutiny by Canadian lawmakers.
Liberal MP (Member of Parliament) John McKay is calling for stricter oversight of Canadian mining companies abroad as plaintiffs increasingly look to Canadian courts to seek justice, according to an April 5 story in the Toronto Globe and Mail.
“These unwelcome instances keep on coming up,” McKay said in an interview after the Times story shone a harsh spotlight on Hudbay accused of serious crimes in Guatemala, the Globe and Mail reported.
“And not only does the mining company suffer brand problems, so also does the industry suffer brand problems, and so also does our nation suffer brand problems …. It has been and continues to be a bit of a black eye on our country,” the Toronto newspaper quoted McKay as saying. Continue reading