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March 27, 2014 - Press Release

2014 Provincial Elections: The Forest Industry Defines Its Issues

QUÉBEC CITY, March 26, 2014 - Within the framework of the current provincial election campaign, the Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) has made announced its issues of import and, at the same time, is encouraging Quebecers to call the major political parties out about the importance of these issues for their local economy. “Using, on behalf of society, the full potential of the renewable resource represented by the forest would enable Quebec to achieve a competitive forest industry whose future is to play a leadership role in efforts to green the economy,” declared Mr. André Tremblay, the QFIC’s Chief Executive Officer.


Our main issues are: the commitment to maintain and/or increase the annual allowable cut, which stood at 28.7 million m3 in 2013, by implementing sustainable, consensus-based management strategies in each region; and recognition of the importance of the forest industry through the establishment of a Ministry of Forests. “Obviously, the commitment concerning harvest levels will entail consulting regional stakeholders and assessing the socioeconomic impacts of such strategies, framed according to the principles of sustainable development, in order to address such issues as the protection of the woodland caribou and the finalization of the network of protected areas,” added Mr. Tremblay.


Launch of a platform to support our forest industry
This platform is aimed at showing the true value of the forest industry in the present election campaign. In practical terms, the public is invited to call their future elected representatives out about the strategic importance of this collective source of wealth for Quebecers and to spur the political parties into action concerning the need to flesh out their commitments in respect of both issues. Each registration on the platform will generate an email that will be sent to the leaders of the main parties. We encourage you to visit our platform and fill out the online form at http://www.cifq.com/fr/lettre-intention.


Launch of a regional tour
During the next several days, Mr. Tremblay will travel across the regions of Quebec in order to inform forest sector companies, stakeholders and regional stakeholders about the main issues for our industry. This tour will take him to the following regions: Côte-Nord (March 31 and April 1), Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (April 2), Nord-du-Québec (April 3 and 4), Mauricie (April 10 and 11) and Abitibi-Témiscamingue (April 15).


At this point in time, after having experienced a significant decrease in the annual allowable cut – which in the last ten years has fallen from 42 million m3 to 28 million m3, or 32% – it is important that the regions raise questions about their determination to use the full potential of this renewable resource. “Using the full potential of this collective resource would enable us to ensure the vitality of our industry as well as the economic development of several regions of Quebec,” continued Mr. Tremblay.


It is also worth noting that today Mr. Tremblay attended a lunchtime debate organized by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ, Quebec federation of chambers of commerce) within the framework of the election campaign to highlight the positions of the three main political parties concerning the issues of natural resource development in Quebec. During this event, all three representatives demonstrated receptiveness toward supporting the forest industry in its transformation.


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About the QFIC
The QFIC is the voice of Québec's forest industry. It represents the interests of companies in the sectors of softwood and hardwood lumber, veneer, pulp, paper, paperboard and boards, as well as engineered wood manufactures. The QFIC numbers more than 98 regular members operating in the softwood and hardwood lumber, veneer, pulp, paper, cardboard and panel sectors of Quebec, as well as 150 associate members. Each year, these companies generate $15.9 billion in business and close to $3 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: Quebec Forest Industry Council


Information:
Laurence Drouin
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC)
418-657-7916, ext. 411
418-564-7254
laurence.drouin@cifq.qc.ca

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