Jean Rousseau Com­mits To Sup­port­ing Forestry Pro­duc­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

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.

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