QUESNEL – The extension of employment insurance benefits for laid off forest workers will provide much needed relief for Cariboo families, says Bob Simpson, the MLA for Cariboo North.
VICTORIA - As more companies announce layoffs, indefinite and permanent closures, and shift curtailments, the Campbell government must show leadership and work with the Harper government to extend EI benefits for workers and companies caught in the forest industry meltdown, say the New Democrats.
VICTORIA – B.C. Liberal MLA John Rustad has admitted he has been unsuccessful in his attempt to convince Gordon Campbell that B.C. Liberal forest policy has failed local communities, New Democrat forest critic Bob Simpson said today.
VICTORIA – It’s time for the Campbell government to stop neglecting the forest industry and take action to ensure that federal funding for the pine beetle crisis is finally delivered to forestry communities, say the New Democrats.
VICTORIA – Forest Minister Pat Bell’s log-export strategy shows how out-of-touch the Campbell government is with the needs of forest-dependent communities, says New Democrat forest critic Bob Simpson .
Minister Bell this week went to China, promoting raw logs and low-grade lumber. Simpson said that’s no solution to the crisis facing the B.C. industry.
QUESNEL – More forestry job losses were announced yesterday, further evidence that Forests Minister Pat Bell’s ‘don’t worry, be happy’ rhetoric is out of touch with the deepening crisis in the forest industry, says New Democrat forests critic Bob Simpson .
Canfor announced it would shut its Tackama plywood mill in Fort Nelson by the end of October, putting another 290 workers out of a job.
CAMPBELL RIVER – The announcement of further job losses on Vancouver Island proves Forest Minister Pat Bell is completely out of touch with the deepening crisis in the forest sector, say the New Democrats.
Western Forest Products announced it expects to curtail its logging and sawmilling operations on the Island, where an estimated 5,000 direct forest jobs have been lost.
VICTORIA – Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s rosy view of the province’s economic future in the face of the deepening forestry crisis shows the Campbell government is out of touch with the reality facing forest-dependent communities, say the New Democrats.
QUESNEL – Another pricey ad blitz won’t convince northerners that the Campbell gas tax is a good idea, says Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson .
“Premier Campbell is planning to spend more tax dollars trying to convince people in Prince George and Quesnel that they just don’t understand his unfair tax,” said Simpson.
VICTORIA – Auditor General John Doyle's report today paints a picture of an arrogant B.C. Liberal government more concerned with acting on the interests of its corporate donors than protecting the public interest, say the New Democrats.
And NDP forestry critic Bob Simpson said the report shows that former forest minister Rich Coleman violated the public trust and should be removed from cabinet.