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B.C. Liberals call for tax relief for struggling forest industry

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
June 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Rustad

Opposition politicians are calling on B.C. Premier John Horgan to reduce the tax load on forest companies as they deal with log shortages, slumping lumber prices and continued import duties from the United States. B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson and forests critic John Rustad… are calling on the B.C. government to reduce stumpage and carbon tax on forest companies, their logging contractors and other businesses that depend on the forest industry “until market conditions stabilize.” Their suggestions include creating a fund for communities hit by the recent closures and curtailments, to put laid-off employees to work on wildfire prevention projects. Fuel load from decades of forest fire suppression has been a factor in recent record fire seasons.

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