Forest industry in a shambles

It is high time that an overhaul must take place

Forest industry in a shambles

Along with Bill Woollam’s letter I would also like to put my two bits in, in regard to the shambles that is left of our forestry industry.

It is high time that an overhaul must take place (as a priority piece of legislation) to take back the tenures, also private ownership agreements that are now current.

Tree plantations are a no-brainer and should proceed at speed. Raw log exporting has to stop. Certain companies are and have a serious deleterious effect not only for lower taxes collected but for unemployed citizens of British Columbia. In order to be able to revive this once great industry serving the people of B.C. [there needs to be] honest intention by our government to move this legislation forward at speed, forget the partisan politics, start today. Don’t forget, government, you would appreciate more funds for the public purse. I did hear today that one of the forest companies had bought two mills in the good ol US of A; now isn’t that just dandy, shut the mills down here then buy other mills in America then export the raw logs over the border. Our government has a lot to learn about business.

George Manners

Cowichan Bay

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