Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday marked the start of National Forestry Week which is sponsored by the federal Department of Forestry.
The purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of forestry to Canada. I participated in the signing of an agreement for the Fundy forest model just last week in my constituency.
I know that many of us are aware of how important the health of our forests are to our tourism sector, our environment and our economy. Our forest sector annually sells $20 billion in exports and supports the economies of hundreds of communities. Yet in last week's budget we learned that the government has decided not to renew the federal-provincial forestry development agreements which have been operating in every province and every territory.
My question is for the Minister of Forestry. Is this an indication that the federal government is withdrawing from forestry? Does the government plan to honour its obligation as part of this government's agenda for sustainable development?