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I hope everybody is buckled in for 7½ hours of estimates today on the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Today we're going to focus, from my perspective, primarily on forestry issues, a...
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Yes, from our modelling, the annual allowable cut impact from the areas in the partnership agreement that are temporarily now set aside for caribou protection will be 284,000 cubic metres per year. O...
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It's an interesting number in terms of the Peace country. I've heard numbers fluctuating, particularly estimates from industry, but it is what it is, I suppose, in terms of the…. I won't quite go i...
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I distinctly recall the representation that was made to the Legislature by those concerned about their future employment in forestry in the province. I met with some of the organizers. I would say, i...
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Let's go back then a moment. I think that the minister just said that the timber-harvesting land base is what he supports but, of course, that timber-harvesting is subject to change based on policies...
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We have, definitely, under the section 11 agreement with the federal government, been engaging on herd management plans for the remainder of the herds in B.C. So the member is right on that. As far a...
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The minister talked about the timber-harvesting land base and the potential impact in the southern range as being minimal. Industry has, of course, expressed some significant concerns that it may be ...
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Yes, we're definitely attuned to the concerns of industry in these COVID times. I've been making regular check-ins with the CEOs of not only all of the major forest companies in B.C., but also associ...
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Well, I'm happy to hear that all groups are being engaged, including industry. It's a shame that industry wasn't engaged until the deal was done already in the Peace country, but that's a debate for ...
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Sure, I've just got a quick half-hour statement to make…. No, sorry, just joking. It's Friday afternoon. We've got a lot of material to cover, obviously, and I don't want to be too wordy. My collea...
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Well thank you, hon. Chair, and thank you, Minister, for having the opportunity to ask some questions to you today in regards to my riding. I'd like to start off today just by talking about the minis...
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Thank you, Chair. Welcome to the chair. Good to see the member for Parksville-Qualicum as well. My mandate letter has not been amended. I still have the...
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Welcome to the chair, and good to see the member for Parksville-Qualicum as well. So my mandate letter has not been amended. I still have the overall responsibility for expanding the mass timber file...
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Well, thank you for that clarification, Minister. I appreciate it. I think what I really want to say is just that we know the forestry industry has experienced some unprecedented challenges over the ...
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As the member has outlined, the proposals involve multiple ideas around the use of this land. The land in question that was being proposed for this commercial development is Crown land that is alloca...
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To the minister, just so I can clarify for him, it was, in fact, an electric vehicle courier service. I'll inform him that they've already left and gone to another community because the minister didn...
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Well, just to be frank, Member, talking about getting act together…. The member seems to know the file well, and she could have done her job and come to me with this issue. She knows that my door i...
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I'm going to wholeheartedly disagree with his comments about not coming to him, because quite honestly, there were many letters, meetings, requests for meetings both to you by correspondence and in p...
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Thank you to the member. I look forward to getting together when we can arrange our schedules. And ready for the questions....
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Just a scheduling change that I wanted staff to be aware of. Due to other circumstances, the Green Party members have informed me that they will not be able to participate in estimates today, so that...
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Thank you for the question moving into the coast forest sector revitalization. Yes, it was a good day when Mosaic decided to return to harvesting because they felt it was economically viable and feas...
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I'm curious. The minister mentioned having a conversation with his counterpart in Ottawa about the Mosaic situation. Did the minister have an opportunity to talk to — or has the minister had an opp...
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Well, I mentioned the discussion I had with the federal Minister of Trade, and that was just in February. In the intervening months and before that, our senior staff is consistently in touch with fed...
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Japan is raising some significant concerns over Canada's apparent miss of a side letter agreement to the...
British Columbia 2020
Japan is raising some significant concerns over Canada's apparent miss of the side letter agreement to the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. And that's threatening, obviously, lumber and ...