VICTORIA – Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad hopes the NDP forestry critic, Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, will actually share his party’s plans on log exports today.
“In January, Norm Macdonald said the NDP had a plan – a plan they would share after the election,” said Rustad. “Well, that’s not good enough. We’ve been clear with British Columbians on where we stand and the NDP should stop dodging questions and provide some answers.”
The BC Liberal government’s priority is milling timber at home but also recognizes that thousands of jobs in the forests depend on exports.
“We’ve improved the regulations – in consultation with the industry – to get a fair price for the timber and to keep loggers and truckers working,” says Rustad.
In contrast, the NDP dip and duck around a straight answer. Party leader Adrian Dix has said they’d ban exports, he then said the NDP would impose harsh restrictions which would put people out of work, and finally he let slip that the policy would come after the election.
“People may disagree with our policy but they at least know what it is,” says Rustad. “So I hope today Norm Macdonald and the NDP will take the wraps off their log export scheme and let British Columbians decide which one will continue to grow the economy.”