The Species at Risk Act has a very big impact on the certainty of supply and the cost of supply. That's a federal statute. It is not a terribly well-written federal statute. Socio-economic impacts do not get considered in the development of species-at-risk plans and recovery strategies. They don't get considered until the very end, when it could potentially go to cabinet and cabinet could say, “We are willing to do something other than the recovery strategy because of the socio-economic costs of it.” That's way too late in the game. Again, at a boardroom table, you cannot talk about making an investment if you can't tell people where the trees are going to come from. To hope that, on a species-at-risk issue, the federal cabinet will weigh the socio-economic impacts at the end is just absurd. That weighs heavily.
All across the country, there is a big issue around caribou now. I would encourage you to look at the Forest Products Association of Canada's website to see about caribou. That's not something that happens on the coast. We don't have caribou here, but we have northern goshawks, marbled murrelets, and things like that. That's one area.
The second area is that we need to get on with reconciliation with first nations. Applying the spirit and intent of UNDRIP and these kinds of things in dealing with first nations is a laudable goal, but the fact of the matter is that we have to get on with reconciliation so that benefits are flowing to first nations. Quite frankly, the federal government needs to step up to the plate here in British Columbia to help us with that reconciliation process. There are things we can do that are wins for first nations, for the industry, and for governments. We need to get on with doing those things, and the federal government is an important partner there.
Those would be the top two items.
The last one is that the government has a very well-thought-out investment strategy around the things I talked about—like the green construction through wood, the IFIT program, and those things—and we would encourage you to continue to invest in that kind of research and development to help our industry on the forest management, products, and technology side.