The latest release from BC Stats demonstrates that log exports continue to rise. The volume (in cubic metres) shipped in January 2015, is 40% above the monthly average during Liberal years and is almost 600% higher than average monthly levels under NDP governments. The January 2015 quantity exported is 50% higher than January 2012 when first year Premier Clark promised to review the subject.
Using data from BC Stats and dollar value calculations of the Bank of Canada, I calculated unit values in current dollars of annual volumes exported. The average unit value in the last three years of NDP governments was $198. In the most recent three years, it was $118.
Raw logs might actually be worth far less today because of long term market conditions or because lower quality timber is being exported. A third possibility involves undetected cheating in the quantities, qualities and values reported. Government has insufficient boots on the ground to assemble accurate production information and exported logs may be sold and resold numerous times between forests and foreign sawmills. Maximizing public revenues from public resources is not high on the very short list of BC Liberal values.
I remember when log booms were not towed to ship loading docks; they were floated to mills and used for lumber, chips, pulpwood and hog fuel.
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