From Adrian Dix, today:
VANCOUVER- NDP leadership candidate Adrian Dix has committed to specific new policy actions to discourage the export of raw logs and the loss of BC forestry jobs.
“The Liberal forest policies have been a complete failure through their decade of rule. We have seen 10 years of job losses, mill closures, and industry decline. For example, between 2001 and 2010, BC lost 20,000 wood products manufacturing jobs and another 8,700 jobs in logging and related forestry activities. The value of forest products exports plunged from $9.47 billion in 2001 to $4.1 billion in 2010,” said Dix.
“A growing concern to British Columbians, and especially people in the forest industry, is the export of raw logs. Today, I am committing to increases in financial disincentives that will keep those logs in BC and produce jobs here, not in China or elsewhere. We get five times as many jobs from processing logs in BC, compared to log exports and that is what I am focused on with these specific financial actions,” said Dix.
“I am calling for a major increase in the provincial fees levied on raw logs harvested on Crown lands for export, and for a new provincial sales or earnings tax on raw logs exported from private forest lands. Continuing inaction from Victoria means continuing job losses. The Liberals are doing nothing, jobs are being lost and I am committed to addressing that trend with these two new actions,” said Dix.
“The Liberal forestry record was based on ill-conceived policies that ignored the public interest in terms of jobs, reforestation, and economic stability. We have to start turning that around now to get decent jobs, enjoy community stability and see an industry with a future again. Restricting log exports is just one step, but it is a very important one that I am committed to,” said Dix.