Mr. Speaker, the Canadian forestry industry employs about 600,000 people across the country and is the most important business sector to the economies of many communities, including many aboriginal communities. In my riding, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, more than 5,000 families make a living from the forestry industry
In Quebec and the rest of Canada, people count on the government to take the necessary measures to ensure the sustainability and development of the forestry industry.
That is why I recently moved a motion that proposes that the government work with the provinces, territories and first nations to develop a national strategy to advance Canada’s forestry sector. The purpose of Motion No. 518 is to create good jobs and develop our forests in a responsible and sustainable way.
We must also find ways of diversifying and promoting wood-based products, developing building systems and expanding markets for Canadian wood products.
That is why I hope that all members of this House will support my motion and the Canadian forestry industry.