2012-10-10

NDP Sets Fire to Libs' Forest Industry Fix

The British Columbia government says it is acting on a series of recommendations to help the province's forest industry in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Critics say it's a weak response to the issue that shows the government hasn't learned from the collapse of other natural resource industries.

"The action plan represents the next phase in our decade-long battle against the mountain pine beetle," said Steve Thomson, the minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, talking to reporters on a conference call.

The 16-page plan is a response to an August report from the legislature's special committee on timber supply that held hearings throughout the province last spring and into the early summer.