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August 3, 2012 - Press release

2012 Provincial Elections: The CIFQ Sets Out Main Issues

Québec City, August 3, 2012 – With the provincial elections now underway, the Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) has developed a mechanism serving to invite the political parties to spell out their commitments concerning nine main issues affecting the forest sector. “Not only does this mechanism identify the main concerns of the forest industry with regard to the competitiveness of our businesses, it also, and above all, highlights the additional efforts that the next government will have to make in order to support the transformation of the forest sector and thereby continue to assume its structuring socioeconomic role for Quebec and its regions,” declared Mr. André Tremblay, QFIC’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

In particular, the QFIC has committed to making known the industry’s main issues to the various candidates across the regions of Quebec via its members. The latter have been called on to contact – on their own initiative – candidates from the various political parties to talk issues.

 

As is quite clear, the QFIC is making a point of reaching all political parties in order to build awareness of the importance of supporting the forest industry in its transformation process. “If Quebec’s forest sector is to make a success of transformation, timber must be available in sufficient quantity and quality. Accordingly, it will be essential that the government of Quebec adopt a sustainable forest management strategy that targets use of the full potential of this collective resource, thereby enabling businesses to be competitive, diversify their markets and increase the value-added of their products,” added Mr. Tremblay.

 

The nine main issues that the QFIC has submitted to the political parties can be viewed online at: www.cifq.com/fr/electionsprovinciales2012. The QFIC has also pledged to publish the full responses of the political parties once it has received them.

 

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About the QFIC
The QFIC is the voice of Québec's forest industry. The QFIC numbers more than 160 regular members operating in the softwood and hardwood lumber, veneer, pulp, paper, cardboard and panel sectors of Québec. Each year, these companies generate $12.9 billion in business and close to $4 billion in wages and benefits, of which nearly $1.5 billion is returned to governments in the form of taxes paid by companies and workers.

 

Source: Laurence Drouin
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC)
418-657-7916, ext. 411
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