Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George-Bulkley Valley):
Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Forestry.
Canada's forest industry is in transition as all levels of government, industry and the environmental community try to come to grips with the demands on our forests. Of particular concern is the future of forestry industry jobs.
While governments create, rightly so, parks to protect the future of our forests and the special places they represent, and given the lack of any specific federal-provincial program to assist workers in the transition from these forest jobs to new employment, will the minister commit to bring forward such a program to assist forest workers who lose their jobs because of a very legitimate policy initiative by government to create parks?