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Following an article posted by Q101 yesterday highlighting the concern of Mayor Linda Brown that she doesn’t believe Merritt will qualify for the NDP’s Forestry relief funding, Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart is calling on John Horgan and the Government to support Merritt.

“John Horgan and the NDP have created an absolute mess, and communities like Merritt deserve answers and support from this government,” said Tegart. “In June, the BC Liberals presented a five-point plan to John Horgan that would get the industry back on track and help struggling workers and communities. The NDP has ignored our plan for four months while more and more mills cut back or shut down.”

With the potential of not receiving forestry relief funding, the City of Merritt would essentially be getting hit twice when added to the fact there will be no rural dividend grants this year either. Merritt had applied for $100,000 through the program for six different projects.

“This is an insult to every single community hit hard by the forestry crisis. By depriving rural towns across the province of dividend funds the NDP are taking away their only real hope of growth and diversification,” added Tegart. “John Horgan and the NDP have let down and ignored our province’s 140 forestry-dependent communities. Even the over 250 logging trucks that rolled into Vancouver last week seem to have failed to get the Premier’s attention. British Columbians deserve better.”


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