Mr. Speaker, yesterday marked the start of National Forest Week celebrations. This week is an opportunity for Canadians to think about the vital role forests play in our lives. This year's theme is “Canada's natural resources: connected to our people and our land”.
I would also like to draw hon. members' attention to the tabling in Parliament of the annual report entitled “The State of Canada's Forests”, which contains exhaustive, current information on the state of our forests and the forestry sector and their contribution to Canada's economy and environment and Canadians' quality of life.
Canada's forests, which form part of our natural resources, make a major contribution to our quality of life, both in their natural state and through forest products and the jobs forests generate.
Together, we will certainly continue to improve our use of this valuable resource, in order to boost our economy, create jobs and protect the environment. In the meantime, we invite everyone to take advantage of National Forest Week to get out and appreciate the beauty of our Canadian forests.