Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):
Mr. Speaker, I want to stress the importance of the domino effect of tourist dollars, and 1 wish to appeal to the House for support in bolstering the ailing tourist industry.
The dismal economic forecast is likely to have a detrimental effect on tourism this year. A large percentage of the population in my riding depends on tourism to keep bread on their tables. I believe it is crucial to recirculate tax dollars back into the tourism industry to fight unemployment through job creation.
rence and Gaspe regions. With this contribution, which will be in the form of professional and technical, as well as financial assistance, the Canadian Government has shown its awareness of the fact that forests are a major natural resource and a necessary source of income for our region's producers and workers in the forestry sector. Under this program, farmers who also own private woodlots will be able to go to the Environment Canada office in Rimouski and receive any services they need for woodlot improvement.
On my own behalf and on behalf of owners of private woodlots in the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspe regions, I want to thank the Government for doing its share to develop the forestry industry in our region, an industry that has suffered severe damage in recent years as a result of the spruce budworm epidemic.
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