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The Liberal government is making changes to forest policy in a bid to boost harvesting in the central coast area, but the NDP is crying foul.
Forests Minister Steve Thomson says a combination of lower export fees for logs from the central coast - plus higher fees elsehwere - will mean one thing.
"More would be made available to the domestic industry."
But NDP Critic Norm MacDonald says the fee changes will do nothing to stem the growing tide of log shipments to Asia.
"This is going to cost existing jobs here in British Columbia and it's a bad move."
So what would the NDP do on raw logs? Apparently we'll have to wait until after the election to find out.
"Once we have a mandate from the people of the province we'll sit down and look at the tools that work to keep people working and harvesting."