Liberals didn’t do their homework on Forestry Industry

Could someone please put an end to the wild and erratic behaviour that the Liberals continue to show towards Nova Scotia’s forest industry? The forest industry is an enormous part of Nova Scotia’s economy, and we are on the brink of losing it. Wood supply will dry up after road closure. Sawmills are barely holding on and will close. Landowners don’t want their wood cut because its value has dramatically been reduced since Dec. 20. Contractors are leaving pulp wood on the ground and along the roadside because it is worthless.

The Liberals knew they were gonna shut Northern Pulp down. It’s obvious they don’t want Northern Pulp in Nova Scotia. How else can somebody explain having seven studies increased to 68 studies? That’s over 900 per cent increase in studies on an already unrealistic deadline. How is this even allowed?

They’ve showed no interest in wanting to keep Northern Pulp open so Nova Scotia could continue having a strong forest industry, keeping thousands of jobs while reaping the economic benefits created by the forest industry. Other provinces would have been working 24 hours a day seven days a week to make sure they didn’t end up in the situation we ourselves in today.

We all know the Liberals didn’t do their homework. The six projects in the recently announced tender are to use between 300 and 2000 tonnes annually. That’s 1.71 per cent of chips consumed by Northern Pulp who paid top dollar and common sense says this will not soften the blow. It’s obvious they have no plan for the forest industry, and that they just don’t care. The recently announced record budget by the Liberals, which is 51 per cent higher than last years is comical since Stephen McNeil made the worst economic decision ever in Nova Scotia on Dec. 20.

Adam Samson, St. Andrews, NS

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