Monday, August 24, 2015

Canada, Another Plunderer of Africa

This blog has already highlighted the role of Canada in the exploitation of Africa’s natural resources:

This article, ‘Harper’s Government Helping Canadian Mining Companies Plunder Africa’s Resources’, by the Canadian political commentator, Yves Engler, and it is well worth drawing attention to it.

The article begins:
 “Canadian policy in Africa can be summed up in nine words: Do what is good for Canadian-owned mining companies.
Despite rhetoric about aid to the poorest people in the world, the Harper Conservatives have worked assiduously to ensure that Canadian corporations profit from Africa’s vast mineral resources. Even widespread criticism of their operations has failed to dampen the Conservatives’ support for Canada’s many mining interests in Africa. Canadian mining companies have been accused of bribing officials, evading taxes, dispossessing farmers, displacing communities, employing forced labour, devastating eco-systems and spurring human rights violations.”

The articles ends:
“Canadian policy in Africa has become largely synonymous with the interests of Canadian mining companies. The Harper Conservatives have sought to ensure that the continent’s mining policy serves the interests of foreign corporations, the majority of Africans be damned.”

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