Thursday, April 7, 2011

Exporting logs exports jobs too

From Adrian Dix, today:
VANCOUVER- NDP leadership candidate Adrian Dix has committed to specific new policy actions to discourage the export of raw logs and the loss of BC forestry jobs.

"The Liberal forest policies have been a complete failure through their decade of rule. We have seen 10 years of job losses, mill closures, and industry decline. For example, between 2001 and 2010, BC lost 20,000 wood products manufacturing jobs and another 8,700 jobs in logging and related forestry activities. The value of forest products exports plunged from $9.47 billion in 2001 to $4.1 billion in 2010," said Dix.

"A growing concern to British Columbians, and especially people in the forest industry, is the export of raw logs. Today, I am committing to increases in financial disincentives that will keep those logs in BC and produce jobs here, not in China or elsewhere. We get five times as many jobs from processing logs in BC, compared to log exports and that is what I am focused on with these specific financial actions," said Dix.

"I am calling for a major increase in the provincial fees levied on raw logs harvested on Crown lands for export, and for a new provincial sales or earnings tax on raw logs exported from private forest lands. Continuing inaction from Victoria means continuing job losses. The Liberals are doing nothing, jobs are being lost and I am committed to addressing that trend with these two new actions," said Dix.

"The Liberal forestry record was based on ill-conceived policies that ignored the public interest in terms of jobs, reforestation, and economic stability. We have to start turning that around now to get decent jobs, enjoy community stability and see an industry with a future again. Restricting log exports is just one step, but it is a very important one that I am committed to," said Dix.
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4 comments:

  1. ""A growing concern to British Columbians, and especially people in the forest industry, is the export of raw logs."
    BREAKING NEWS. This just in!
    Mr. Dix, this has been a "concern" for decades. I remember Dave Barrett, Glen Clark, Carole James all shreiking about it, with much hand wringing. And what was done to reverse it under their Watch?
    Oh yeah, now I remember.............. nothing.
    It's the old "tell em what they wanna hear" approach to garnering votes prior to an election.
    And after the election?
    Well we all know the answer to that.

    Cheers
    Gary L.

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  2. It is the scale and proportion that changed. Also, the international trade agreements Canada has signed may prevent the province from stopping log exports. Dix seems to be signalling willingness to use administrative means to slow the traffic.

    Horgan or Farnworth are likely to take similar acts since they promise to encourage value added operations in forestry and mining.

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  3. Log exports began in earnest during the mid 90's. A senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Forests named Ken Collingwood had a hand in changing the Tree Farm License agreements. Specifically, the language in the agreements concerning local and provincial processing of logs was removed from the agreements. After filing FOI requests to the MOF is was blatantly obvious that the changes to the TFL agreements were made without direction from the Minister of Forests. Considering the lack of employment in the manufacturing of wood products today and the rate of raw log export, one word comes to mind, "Corruption".

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  4. Log exports began in earnest during the mid 90's. A senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Forests named [edited for potential libel] had a hand in changing the Tree Farm License agreements. Specifically, the language in the agreements concerning local and provincial processing of logs was removed from the agreements. After filing FOI requests to the MOF is was blatantly obvious that the changes to the TFL agreements were made without direction from the Minister of Forests. Considering the lack of employment in the manufacturing of wood products today and the rate of raw log export, one word comes to mind, "Corruption".

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