May 13, 2003
Mr. C.V.J. Varma
International Commission on Dams
May 13, 2003
Mr. Marcel Massé
April 22nd, 2003
The Hon. David Anderson
Minister of the Environment
April 14, 2003
March 17, 2003
Mr. Fraser Reilly-King and Co-signatories
NGO Working Group on the EDC
104-153 Chapel Street
Dear Mr. Reilly-King and Co-signatories:
Thank you for your e-mail and letters of January 17, 2003, with which you enclosed a copy of the report entitled Human Rights Dammed Off at Three Gorges, concerning the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Project in China. I am also replying on behalf of my colleague the Minister for International Trade, the Honourable Pierre S. Pettigrew.
We have taken note of the allegations in your report and will continue to monitor developments. In its human rights dialogue with China, Canada works to promote improved governance and democratic development. We raise concerns about the human rights situation with the Chinese leadership at every available opportunity.
March 6th, 2003
President and Chief Executive Officer
207 Queen’s Quay West, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
Fax: (416) 982-7423
Dear Mr. Panell:
We are writing you to express our extreme disappointment at Noranda’s proposed aluminum smelter in the Aysén region of Chile, known to be one of the three least contaminated areas on the planet.
February 5, 2003
Mr. Fraser Reilly-King
The NGO Working Group on the EDC
153 Chapel Street, Suite 104
Dear Mr. Reilly-King:
This is in reply to your letter of January 17, 2003, co-signed by the International Rivers Network in which you express concerns about our support for the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Project in China.
January 17, 2003
The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew
Minister of International Trade
125 Sussex Drive
Tower B, 5th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Fax: (613) 944-2509/0455
cc. The Honourable Bill Graham
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Ian Gillespie
President and CEO, Export Development Canada
Re: Human rights violations in the Three Gorges Project
Dear Minister Pettigrew:
We would like to bring to your attention the massive human rights violations entailed in the resettlement program for the Three Gorges Project in China. Canada is involved in this project through export credit guarantees granted by Export Development Canada.
January 7, 2003
Ms. Pamela Foster
Co-ordinator Halifax Initiative
153 Chapel Street, Suite 104 Ottawa ON
Dear Ms. Foster:
This refers to your letter of October 23 to EDC President and CEO, Ian Gillespie, regarding possible Export Development Canada (EDC) support for an expansion of INCO's mining activity in Indonesia. Mr. Gillespie has asked me to reply on his behalf.
We are not familiar with any expansion plans by INCO in Indonesia. We will, however, take your comments into consideration should that circumstance change. Any possible involvement by EDC would first have to fully address the Environmental Review Directive (ERD) requirements for projects of this nature. At EDC, we take our adherence to Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously and ensure that our policies in this area are rigorously applied.
Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister