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Tory MPP questions future of forestry operations

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The Tory MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka is having a tough time learning how the Ontario Liberals plan to support forestry jobs in the north.  A section that allows forestry under the Endangered Species Act expires next June and Norm Miller says no one knows what happens after that time.    Miller, who is the Tory critic for natural resources and forestry says instead of answering the question, the minister of natural resources and forestry, Kathryn McGarry talked about protecting caribou.

Miller says while everyone agrees on the need to protect the caribou, the Ontario Liberals also need to recognize that the province`s forest industry is sustainable and environmentally responsible.  Miller adds that`s despite unfounded claims to the contrary by environmental activists.  After the caribou comment, McGarry said her ministry is exploring various options that minimize impacts on forestry and protect species at risk.

McGarry also says the government continues to provide opportunities for Northern Ontario.  She emphasizes the goal is to provide a balanced solution for all.  The forestry sector employs, more than 57,000 people directly and indirectly across Ontario.  Miller says many of these people are Aboriginal who he says also want to know what the government is planning to do after next summer.

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