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April 21, 2017

BC’s forestry sector doesn’t need ‘luck’ – it needs a champion

 

In the heartland of B.C.’s founding industry, Premier Christy Clark took a strong stand on behalf of B.C.’s 60,000 forestry workers.

“With low commodity prices and the rising tide of US protectionism, forestry is facing tough times,” said Premier Clark. “In tough times, we stick together – and that’s why we’ll continue to stand beside the communities that depend on a healthy forestry industry.”

Some of the supports include:

  • Extending the Rural Dividend for another year to $100 million;
  • Investing $150 million in the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. to plant tens of millions more trees, creating up to 3,000 jobs;
  • Launching a comprehensive Rural Economic Development Strategy.

Premier Christy Clark and Today’s BC Liberals are the only leader and party that will stand up for BC forest workers and secure a fair softwood lumber agreement. For 14 years, B.C. has worked to reduce our reliance on the U.S. market – a strategy that has paid dividends. Exports to China have increased 2,000 per-cent. The provincial government is pursuing a similar strategy in India, as well as making great progress in Korea and Japan.

To get to a fair softwood deal, we appointed David Emerson as special envoy to the U.S., and are working every day with our federal partners.

Not only do the BC Greens and BC NDP have no plan for forestry, but John Horgan has already written off B.C.’s forestry sector and the tens of thousands of workers and their families who depend on it for their livelihood. On getting a new softwood deal, he said, “Good luck with that.”

Today’s BC Liberals’ full 2017 election platform is available at bcliberals.com/platform.

 

The provincial election will be held on May 9th, with advance polls open on April 29 and 30, and May 3, 4, 5, and 6.