By Mary Louise McAllister
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Are participants expected to be representative of other interests? Perhaps public participation is thought to be a good thing in general, and the more of it the better! Liora Salter raises a number of perceptive points in her article on the democratic potential of regulation: In practice, few regulators have really decided what they want to achieve through public participation. Having not decided what expectations of participation are reasonable and appropriate in their specific case, they fai to set clear guidelines to encourage it...
30 Governments are now recognizing the needs, interests, and some of the historic claims of Native peoples, as well as public demands for a healthy, safe environment or for the right to participate in decisions that directly affect them. Historically, (as noted in Chapter 1) the resource sector did not need to share the political agenda-setting arena with other groups. The public policy environment was very supportive of the mineral industry. Policies were geared toward the development of resources, an essential part of Canada's staples-based economy.
Big projects typically must pass assessments conducted by both levels of government. '36 For those concerned with the potential negative environmental impact of a large development, the ability to pursue a variety of avenues of appeal can be an asset if one route proves unsuccessful. 37 The uncertainty caused by federalprovincial disputes over the environmental policy arena, and the rapidly changing regulatory environment (sometimes referred to as the 'moving goalpost scenario') are adding significantly to industry's costs and its concerns.
A Stake in the Future: Redefining the Canadian Mineral Industry by Mary Louise McAllister