Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald has once again been named the official critic of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Upon hearing the news Macdonald said, “I am pleased it is a critic role that I have retained. It is something that interests me a tremendous amount. I did ask to retain the role so I am pleased.”
He thinks there will be some tremendous opportunities over the next four years for the forestry industry along with challenges.
“For our area forestry is very important. For the province as a whole, forestry if done properly, is something you can have not only for past generation or this generation but also for future generations,” he said. “Shifts are being added and our markets look strong. When forestry is doing well you can really see it in the community. You see the money that forestry brings into the local economy and community.”
Macdonald said he was concerned that the BC Liberals moved in an different direction than he had hoped they would in the budget announced earlier this year.
“They have moved in the opposite directions of the recommendations of the Timber Supply Committee and that is troubling.”
Macdonald concluded by saying he is looking forward to working very hard to make sure the right decisions are made in the forestry industry to aid not only the area he represents but also the other parts of rural British Columbia as well.