Forestry Critic Says Minister Needs to Speak-up
Conservative Lands and Forestry Critic Tory Rushton is demanding that Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin answer critical questions raised by members of the forestry industry.
Minister Rankin has not made any public statements regarding the future of the forestry industry since the premier announced his decision to let Northern Pulp close its operation in Pictou County.
“I’m deeply concerned for the state of our forestry, and the Minister responsible hasn’t said anything,” says Rushton. “I’m not seeing the Minister take charge at this most crucial time for his portfolio and it’s troubling.”
The forestry sector needs a minister and government that are willing to work with this industry as a result of the changes caused by the impending closure of Northern Pulp.
“The government has had five years to come up with solutions and ways to safeguard any blow to the forestry,” says Rushton. “I’m beyond frustrated and concerned for the men and women who work in the forestry industry in this province.”
On Tuesday, Robin Wilber, President of the Elmsdale Lumber Company, was fired from the forestry industry transition team. At a time when people affected by the shutdown need transparency and certainty, the McNeil Liberals are eroding confidence in the process.
Rushton says, “We are not off to a good start. This is just creating more uncertainty and disorder.”
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