Letter: Response to Fletcher

NDP MLA states cuts have been made to forest inventory under Liberals

Tom Fletcher (Another View, Sooke News Mirror, Oct. 3) claims that a read of budgets shows that there have been no cuts to forest inventory work under the Liberals.

However, Liberal forest minister Steve Thomson clearly disagrees.

In budget estimates this spring, I asked the minister to contrast the amount spent on forest inventory work in the 11 years the Liberals have been in power to the 1990s under the New Democrats.

Minister Thomson admitted that under the New Democrats, the budget for forest inventory work averaged $23.6 million, while under the Liberals, the average was roughly $8.5 million. By any measure, that’s a significant cut.

More important than the dollar figures, however, is the qualitative record of the Liberals on forest inventory. Independent experts, including the auditor general and the Forest Practices Board, have recently condemned the Liberal record on forest inventory and forest health. The auditor general said the Liberals had allowed a trillion-dollar asset – the publicly owned forested lands – to badly degrade, putting the future of our forest industry in jeopardy.

Adrian Dix and the New Democrats believe that careful investment in our forests can serve to stabilize the forests today so that we can have stable industry in the future. The first step is recognizing the failings of the recent past – and the Liberal cuts to forest inventory work count as one of those failings.

Norm Macdonald, MLA

New Democrat critic for forests

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria officers ready ride Tour de Rock

The annual ride across Vancouver Island for cancer research begins this weekend and arrives in Victoria Oct. 4 and 5

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

West Shore RCMP block entrance to Goldstream Park, expected to evict all campers Thursday morning

Roving tent city moved to provincial park Wednesday, advocates say homeless unfairly targeted

New program earmarks $10 million for wildfires

Sooke will aim to use funds for fuel mitigation

United Way asks Victoria to share local love

2018 campaign aims to raise another $5M

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Admitting mistakes is the first step

On Friday afternoon a dramatic three-vehicle crash took place on Highway, an… Continue reading

Vancouver councillors move ahead with policy for duplexes on detached home lots

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle.”

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates Russia

There was no mention of Russia publicly accepting a state-sponsored conspiracy to help its athletes win Olympic medals by doping.

Prolific offender arrested in Nanaimo after sleeping in stolen car

Jackson Filgate, 34, of Nanaimo, faces stolen property, drug charges after being arrested Sept. 18

Nanaimo’s Tilray pot stock continues rising, firm now worth more than $21 billion US

The B.C. company’s shares have risen more than 1,000 % since its initial public offering in July

Most Read