Liberals pledge $250M over four years to fight spread of mountain pine beetle

A federal Liberal government would spend $250 million over four years to curb the spread of the mountain pine beetle, part of a larger strategy to ensure the future of Canada's forestry industry, former cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh said Sunday.

The pest, long a scourge in heavily forested parts of B.C. and Alberta, poses a serious threat to western Canada's forests, jeopardizing jobs and increasing the risk of forest fires, said Dosanjh, who's running for re-election in the riding of Vancouver South.

"The federal government must respond with a clear commitment to tackling this devastation so that our forest industry and our communities can thrive," Dosanjh said.