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Manitoba becoming less attractive for mining investment: think-tank

WINNIPEG – A report from a right-leaning think-tank says Manitoba is becoming a less-attractive place for the mining industry.

In its annual survey of mining companies, the Fraser Institute ranks Manitoba 21st out of 96 jurisdictions worldwide in terms of its investment environment.

Manitoba, ranked 20th last year, used to be in the Top 10 several years ago.

The report says uncertainty over aboriginal land claims is causing concern, along with the government’s promise to set aside protected areas that have yet to be determined.

Opposition Leader Brian Pallister says the government is creating a climate that is driving jobs elsewhere.

Mines Minister Dave Chomiak says the province is working with companies to address their concerns and points out low commodity prices have affected mining operations everywhere.