B.C.’s forest industry faces a ‘reckoning,’ premier says, amid disagreement over who to blame

By Andrew Kurjata
CBC News
January 17, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

David Eby

Premier David Eby says B.C.’s forest industry is facing a “reckoning” following last week’s announcement that 300 jobs will be lost at a Prince George pulp and paper mill. Eby is in the city to deliver remarks at the B.C. Natural Resources Forum, an annual gathering of industry and political leaders. …In an interview on Monday, Eby addressed remarks made by union representative Chuck LeBlanc blaming the cuts in part on the provincial government’s decision to temporarily defer logging in about one million hectares of forest while it comes up with an old-growth management plan. …Eby countered by saying the deferrals are just a small part of a decade of challenges which include massive forest fires and the rise of the mountain pine beetle in the late 1990s. …Eby said his goal is to develop a long-term plan that recognizes the challenges facing the industry and the communities that rely on the jobs it creates.

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