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Cathy McLeod, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources (Forestry and Mining) and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, yesterday requested an emergency debate in Parliament on the crisis affecting forestry workers in British Columbia.

“The closure and restriction of softwood lumber mills in recent months has devastated communities across British Columbia,” said MP McLeod. “Over the past four years, the federal Liberal Government has ignored the needs of rural communities, failing to take action as the job crisis unfolded. The Canadian Press described the situation as ‘the forest industry carnage’. That’s why Conservatives are requesting an emergency debate on the job crisis affecting forestry workers.”

According to the Council of Forest Industries, Canada’s forestry sector supports about 140,000 jobs and generates about $4 billion in revenues annually for British Columbia. However, since the crisis began, at least 20 lumber mills have been forced to shut down or restrict production. As a result, thousands of people across 27 communities in B.C. are out of work. Further layoffs are expected before the Christmas holidays.

Recently Aspen Planers brought back a second shift at the Merritt mill, however, it was announced as temporary and the company and City are still searching for a more permanent solution.


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