Mr. Reginald Belair (Cochrane-Superior):
Mr. Speaker, this week we celebrate the Week of the Tree and of the Forests. The slogan "Your Forest and Your Future" illustrates very well the great interest Canadians have in this natural resource, upon which depend close to one million workers. The forest has a national impact, and this is a good opportunity for Canadians to think about its value in our lives.
The ideal thing would be to witness in the coming weeks the renewal of the six federal-provincial agreements on the development of forest resources. They are essential for the viability of the industry and they are in line with the objectives we set for ourselves: to preserve the environment, while at the same time ensuring regional and national economic viability.
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, during this Week of the tree and of the Forests, the owners and workers of sawmills across Canada would have been delighted to hear that the 15 percent surtax on lumber exports would be eliminated.
Topic: NATIONAL FOREST WEEK
Subtopic: DEVELOPMENT OF FOREST RESOURCES