VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberals have abandoned their responsibility to restock B.C.’s forests but the minister responsible says he’s proud of the B.C. Liberals’ appalling record, New Democrats said today.
And Forest Minister Pat Bell told the legislature he’s “having too much fun” to address the plummeting tree planting numbers, which are expected to hit their lowest level in decades in 2011.
VICTORIA — In a short-sighted move that is contrary to the B.C. Liberals’ stated priorities, the government cut off funding this week for Success By 6, spelling the end of the program and hundreds of other programs in more than 240 communities across British Columbia, New Democrats said today.
Public Relations Exercise Can’t Make Up For B.C. Liberals’ Appalling Record on Reforestation: New Democrats
VICTORIA – The introduction of a no-net-deforestation act is the latest example of the B.C. Liberals choosing empty public relations exercises over effective forest policy, say the New Democrats.
Opposition forests critic Norm Macdonald says the act smacks of hypocrisy given that the B.C. Liberals have ignored the plight of forest health in the province for nine years.
VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberals’ decision to cut nearly $200 million from the Ministry of Forests and Range is the latest broken election promise from a government that has abandoned the industry that built this province, say the New Democrats.
Tuesday’s provincial budget hammered the forest ministry, cutting funding by 23 per cent from what the B.C. Liberals promised in last year’s pre-election budget.
KITIMAT– The closure of the Eurocan paper mill is the latest result of the B.C. Liberals’ failure to take any action to address the ongoing crisis in the B.C. forest industry, say the New Democrats.
VICTORIA – New Democrat forests critic Norm Macdonald has asked Auditor General John Doyle to examine the B.C. Liberal government’s progress in implementing the 2004 Filmon report recommendations on wildfire preparedness.
VANCOUVER – The Green Fund announced today by the New Democrats would return millions of dollars to rural communities abandoned by the B.C. Liberal government, New Democrat forest critic Norm Macdonald said today.
VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberals’ ‘wood first’ legislation is a meaningless gesture which carries no real requirements and will offer no real help to forest-dependent communities, say the New Democrats.
The Wood First Act, introduced Tuesday morning, consists of five clauses, none of which requires the provincial or local governments to actually build with wood.
VICTORIA – With climate change and the ravages of the mountain pine beetle dramatically increasing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in B.C.’s forests, it’s inconceivable that the B.C. Liberals have budgeted less to fight forest fires, the New Democrats say.
Projections for the 2010-2011 budget year indicate the Campbell government expects to spend $10 million less on direct fire suppression than they budgeted for this year.
VICTORIA – With fires crews hard at work battling wildfires raging around Kelowna, the Campbell government must answer questions about why they failed to take action to clear buffer zones around communities as recommended by a report into the 2003 forest fires, the New Democrats said today.