I want to pick up on this idea that Paper Excellence somehow controls 22 million hectares of forested land in Canada. This has been an ongoing discussion by the member from Timmins—James Bay. It's been in a number of media reports, starting back in March.
I would suggest that this statement is incorrect at best and potentially misleading at worst. This is the reason I would say that. For example, in Saskatchewan the Minister of Environment uses several different forms of licensing before the right to harvest Crown timber is granted to anyone. This both secures benefits and ensures sustainable practices are maintained by the companies. In Saskatchewan, for example, there's a forest management agreement. There's an area-based or volume-based term supply licence. There's an annual commercial forest product permit. These are all different methodologies of granting that permission to harvest Crown timber.
What these all have in common is that they require both forest management plans and indigenous consultation. From the Saskatchewan government report, it says:
Since forest management agreements provide the greatest assurance of sustainable forest management—requiring forest management plans, which are equivalent to environmental impact assessments, plus renewal obligations—the long-term goal is to have all timber supply areas covered by forest management agreements.
In addition to that, we talked a little bit about northwestern Saskatchewan already. It's my understanding that your company and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council are fifty-fifty partners in a forest management company called Mistik Management Limited. Through Mistik Management Limited, it controls the timber supply for both your pulp mill and the lumber mill called NorSask Forest Products, which, by the way, is a 100% first nations-owned sawmill in my community of Meadow Lake.
I want to give you an opportunity to just talk a little bit about the regulatory processes in Canada, and how they provide checks and balances to protect our timber resources. I also want you to add on the end of that, if you have time, to explain how the indigenous consultation and/or direct involvement supports these practices.