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November 25, 2013 - Press Release

Rendez-vous de la forêt québécoise

GOVERNMENT MAKES CONCRETE COMMITMENTS, RENEWING INDUSTRY CONFIDENCE

Montreal, November 22, 2013 – The Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) is very satisfied with the outcome of the Rendez-vous de la forêt québécoise [provincial forest sector gathering] recently held in Saint-Félicien, Quebec, and the way in which the government of Quebec carried out this consultation. We wish to emphasize the attendance, during the first day of consultations, of the Premier of Quebec, Ms. Pauline Marois, accompanied by Mr. Stéphane Bédard, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor (Quebec treasury board), Mr. Gaetan Lelièvre, Minister for Regions, Ms. Élizabeth Larouche, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr. Marjolain Dufour, Chief Government Whip, and, of course, Ms. Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources as well as Mr. Denis Trottier, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources, for forests.

 

With this notable showing, the government has demonstrated its determination to support the transformation of the industry, in particular through the creation of a Strategic Forum on the competitiveness and transformation of the forest industry, as well as the establishment of a range of measures involving a total outlay of $675 million over a three-year period.

 

During the last two days of the Rendez-vous, several major projects were announced, thus confirming the intention of the government to support the transformation of the industry and, particularly, to map out a long-term vision and short- and medium-term actions for the forest sector as a whole.

 

Generally speaking, the government succeeded in establishing dialogue between all sector actors, having identified a series of concrete measures concerning the forest sector. “Our issues of access to fibre, cost of timber, and the need to support transformation of the industry were addressed. We are particularly satisfied with the creation of a Strategic Forum having the capacity to identify the most effective measures for improving the competitiveness of Quebec wood sector businesses,” explained Mr. André Tremblay, QFIC’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

“Beyond these tangible results, the take-away message of the Rendez-vous is one of confidence in the industry regarding its present and future, and of the government’s clear intention of supporting its transformation,” concluded Mr. Tremblay

We also wish to commend the excellent work of Ms. Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Denis Trottier, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources, for forests, and Ms. Christyne Tremblay, Deputy Minister: together, and in a very short time, they were able to forge consensuses that garnered the support of the entire sector.
 

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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:  Laurence Drouin
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC)
418-657-7916, ext. 411
418-564-7254 (cell)
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