British Columbia 2020
It's important, first of all, to have an accurate timeline here. When we came into government in July of 2017, we realized there was a lot of work and focus needed on the coast forest sector. And tha...
British Columbia 2020
What I'm hearing is policy around fee in lieu, which was implemented and then pulled back and adjusted; a policy around fibre recovery zones, which was implemented and then pulled back and adjusted. ...
British Columbia 2020
I reject the narrative and the premise that this is a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants style of management. It's not. An economic analysis was conducted. Of course the member might not like it, but the e...
British Columbia 2020
The Premier said at the Truck Loggers Convention in 2019 that he recognized there may be unintended consequences. Well, it's pretty clear, when the ministry went out and asked for input from industry...
British Columbia 2020
I'd like to talk about this topic, because it is of great interest to me. When we became government, we heard loud and clear from communities all up and down the coast that they wanted the forests th...
British Columbia 2020
Maybe the minister could just save time by saying no. I get all the rhetoric and things he needs to add, but clearly, obviously, there was no economic analysis done, no impact analysis in terms of th...
British Columbia 2020
I'll try to be more direct in my answers if the member can cut down on his preamble to his questions, because obviously if the preamble includes inaccuracies, I have to ensure the record is corrected...
British Columbia 2020
I'll try to give some quick questions associated with this. First part of the question. It was brought in, in January. The implementation was delayed, now. I just heard the minister say it's going to...
British Columbia 2020
To the questions that the member posed, I think he'll be pleased because the answer will be succinct. There are no further changes being contemplated before the September 30 implementation date. And ...
British Columbia 2020
Just to be clear, there were no changes to this policy from the original OIC through to what will be implemented in September? I hopefully have that correct in terms of what the minister just said. A...
British Columbia 2020
Thank you to the member for the opportunity to clarify. I thought his question was: are there any changes contemplated between now and when the amendments will be put in place September 30? The answe...
British Columbia 2020
Not going into too many of the details. But clearly, many of the small manufacturers had expressed concern about this. The minister has a liaison who's working with them, particularly, if I heard tha...
British Columbia 2020
I will deal with the three questions expeditiously and in reverse order. The topic around the changes to the manufactured forest products regulation. We have done analysis, like we do with any policy...
British Columbia 2020
That leads me to another question on the exemptions, unfortunately. On a case-by-case basis — so can anybody apply for an exemption? Are there some specific requirements that would lead to the pote...
British Columbia 2020
I'm happy to supply specific answers. The question was can anyone apply? What are the criteria? How is it adjudicated? Examples of the criteria that would be applied are the product being consumed or...
British Columbia 2020
Yeah, if you could get me that for later today or for Monday the tenth, that would be helpful to know. I want to just touch on one other piece on this, and that is, as this will be a tax, a fee — w...
British Columbia 2020
To answer the member's questions, this is a fee in lieu of manufacturing. It's to recognize that the publicly held asset, the forests of B.C., if exported in a form that's not fully manufactured, mea...
British Columbia 2020
Here we have another policy that was brought in, in January, that had to see immediate changes pulled back, and that hasn't got the analysis done in terms of the impact on industry — the cost struc...
British Columbia 2020
Just to reemphasize, any policy deferrals that we've made is due to market conditions. So if the member is advocating for immediate implementation of policies regardless of sensitivity for market con...
British Columbia 2020
Curious way to look at the export issue. So once again, policy comes in and then suddenly: "Oops, conditions have changed, I guess we didn't think through a policy in terms of what it was, so we're p...
British Columbia 2020
Yes, we got some good information in response to the member's questions. Since January of this year, on the coast, under BCTS, for sales, there have been only three no bids in the sales. The member w...
British Columbia 2020
The no-bid issue, of course, has been a prominent issue for a number of years now. But in terms of the fee-in-lieu structure, when it was first brought in, first suggested and brought in, of course, ...
British Columbia 2020
Just a point of clarification. Is the member asking us to provide that kind of information for the north coast? Or what is also captured in coastal logging, the areas in the northwest coastal Interio...
British Columbia 2020
Really from the Hazelton area out through to the coast, so that northwest Interior component, as well, that doesn't feed into the domestic or the Interior market in Smithers east?...
British Columbia 2020
Of course, the export market has declined because of the impacts of COVID, especially in Asian markets. So, I guess, generally overall we could say that the volume intended for export is down in the ...