Horgan Blasts Liberals Over Raw Log Exports
Prince George, B.C. – NDP Leader John Horgan says B.C.’s practice of exporting raw logs is killing jobs.
“Every time a log leaves B.C., that’s a job that leaves B.C.,” said Horgan during a news conference Thursday. “In fact, it’s many jobs that leave B.C.”
According to the party, B.C. raw log exports hit the second-highest monthly level in recorded history in November, with nearly three-quarters of a million cubic metres being shipped elsewhere for manufacturing.
In fact, since 2001, Horgan says 30,000 fewer people are working in the province’s forest industry something he notes is avoidable.
“Repeatedly the minister of forests disregards the advice of his expert panel and allows more logs to leave our province. I want to say that an NDP government will make sure that the surplus test is a real test, and that the only logs that leave B.C. are those that are not useful to communities right across B.C.”
He says the number one beneficiary of raw log exports are the companies that are accessing the province’s public lands.
“And interestingly enough those are also some of the biggest donors to the BC Liberal Party. So, certainly Christy Clark is benefitting rom the export of raw logs but communities are not.”