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12 November 2020

François Legault’s Government Needs to Go Back to The Drawing Board And Present a New Draft of the Forestry Regime

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The Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic responsible for the Charter for Regions, Dominique Anglade, and the Official Opposition Critic for Forest, Wildlife and Parks, Ms. Francine Charbonneau, are asking François Legault’s government to go back to the drawing table and present a new draft of the forestry regime that is worthy of the name and that focuses on the need to provide predictability to the industry’s economic stakeholders in the name of economic development in all of our regions.

Let’s remember what happened this summer. Premier Legault set the bar high promising regional stakeholders that his government was going to completely overhaul the Quebec Forestry Regime. Today it is plain to see that the CAQ’s draft does not meet industry expectations. We have always said it, the forestry regime needs to respect our regional differences and allow economic and environmental optimization of our forestry resources. Unfortunately, what was presented is light years away from what the forestry industry needs in Quebec to fulfill its potential. The Legault government is the only guilty party responsible for delays for economic projects in our regions and for the possible slowdown of our forestry companies. We at the Quebec Liberal Party have no doubt that the forestry industry needs to be a driving force in our economic recovery and that the solution must, among others, include an end to wall-to-wall programs.

—Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic responsible for the Charter for Regions.

The industry has identified the weakness that it can correct. François Legault promised to fix the problems with the forestry regime, but the reality is that he is just putting them off. There has been no progress for the sector when it comes to predictability, efficacy or efficiency. They announced an elephant and gave us a mouse!

—Ms. Francine Charbonneau, MNA representing Mille-Îles and Official Opposition Critic for Forests, Wildlife and Parks.

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