By Mary Louise McAllister
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The segmented political system provides various groups with multiple channels to influence the policy process - it also serves as an impediment to groups in their ability to rally and lobby effectively. Either way, the system often discourages development of an effective, coordinated response to many competing concerns. Land-Use Policy and Mining: The Case in British Columbia Land-access issues, referred to in the previous section, highlight the difficulties inherent in the Canadian federal system, as governments attempt to formulate acceptable policy approaches to resource development.
New Competitive Realities As the composition and demands of markets change, the mineral industry must also be prepared to apply a diversity of strategies to retain its market share. In addition to competition from low-cost producers, another significant threat to the mineral industry has been the introduction of new materials, such as metals, ceramics, and engineering polymers. ' The paper was part of an overall initiative to determine ways to facilitate Canada's continuing prosperity. The discussion paper stressed the importance of increased investment in science and technology: 'Canadian industries, including resource sectors, invest proportionately less in R&D than their counterparts in other leading industrial nations.
Many suggestions were made during the process, however, that could help map out future directions in this new relatively uncharted territory in consensus-based consultative policy-making. The 'art of the possible' has not yet received its due, at least in the latter half of the twentieth century. If decision-makers do not identify the problem before them accurately or adequately, and if alternative solutions do not receive their due consideration, then it is not surprising when policy decisions do not always alleviate the problem they are expected to solve.
A Stake in the Future: Redefining the Canadian Mineral Industry by Mary Louise McAllister