Jean Rousseau Commits To Supporting Forestry Production
NewSustainable develo ent and orestr roduction are entirel co atible
Democrat Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead) considers the stimulation of the region’s forestry production, both in the riding and elsewhere in Estrie, to be imperative. “The value of the economic activity produced by the forestry industry is four times higher than that of the tourism industry in Estrie”, comments MP Rousseau. “Without altering our landscapes, production could easily be increased. This important growth would greatly contribute to the revitalization of our towns.”
Last March, Jean Rousseau met with the principal stakeholders of the forestry sector (see annex). “Going into the meeting, I was already convinced of the importance of the growth of the forestry industry”, says Rousseau. “However, their utmost professionalism and the high level of consensus between them greatly impressed me.”
With a rather modest amount of help, great amounts could be invested in this industry of great potential, thus creating hundreds of good jobs and extraordinary socio-economic benefits. Estrie’s rich history was once deeply rooted in the forestry industry. Expansion of other sectors reduced the reliance on this industry, whose potential quietly remains untapped before our very eyes, waiting to be re-discovered.
Forest management stakeholders, the union of forest producers and the ence de ise en valeur de la or t riv e de l strie concerted their efforts and put forth three propositions (see annex) within the framework of “an economic vision of a strong forestry industry, intimately compatible with the sustainable development creed of the Canadian economy and the well-being of our forests”, as spoken by Martin Larrivée, ENG., director-general of the Union of producers.
These requests are minimal, when compared to their benefits, even in the short term. “Support for our forestry producers has decreased alarmingly over the years, and it is time to re-launch the sector”, declare Mr. Rousseau. “I have presented the stakeholders’ propositions to Mr. Tom Mulciar, and we staunchly believe in the necessity of supporting them. The result will be an important investment, with a big payout, to our rural regions” conclude MP Rousseau.