Alward plans forestry summit
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 2:08 PM ET
The Progressive Conservatives are promising more stakeholder meetings to develop a forestry policy, David Alward announced on Wednesday.
The Tory leader announced the forestry policy in Saint Leonard.
Alward said part of his plan would be to hold a forestry summit within three months of coming to office, if he wins the Sept. 27 election.
"This forum will involve all stakeholders in discussions about the critical issues facing the forestry today. We need for the largest industry in the province to get back on track after four difficult years of business closures and weak export markets," Alward said in a statement.
Alward also announced a series of other forestry initiatives in the northwestern community.
A potential PC government would also create hardwood and softwood timber harvesting objectives and set out a multi-year silviculture proposal that would include funding increases.
This is the Tories' second forestry policy announcement of the campaign.
Alward has also promised to impose a special job levy on temporary wood allocations that have been assigned to outside companies.
The party leader said the levy would put more money back into local communities.