Canada a top producer of commodities under Harper

Contrary to Liberal and NDP propaganda, Canada is not suffering

Editor:

Contrary to Liberal and NDP propaganda, Canada is not suffering under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. These are the facts, not the myths that many people believe with regard to production of key commodities.

Canada is the global leader in the production of potash and newsprint. It ranks among the top-three global producers for uranium, softwood lumber, wood pulp, aluminum, platinum group metals and hydroelectricity.

Here’s how Canada ranked in production of key commodities in various sectors between 2012-2014:

• Mining: potash, first; uranium, second; aluminum and platinum, tied for third; nickel, fourth; diamonds and gold, fifth; zinc, seventh; copper, ninth; iron ore, tenth; and coal, twelfth.

• Energy (2013): hydroelectricity, third; natural gas and petroleum (crude oil), fifth; and electricity sixth.

• Forestry (2013): newsprint, first; softwood lumber and wood pulp, second.

Sources: US Geological Survey (2014 preliminary data), Energy Markets Fact Book (Natural Resources Canada), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC)

Gloria J. SaundersCedar