HORGAN TALKS: Premier maintains faith in forestry in Merritt

“It really comes down to social license,” he said. “I think it’s the role of government to make sure the tenure holders, the companies that have been developing those assets for the province, also recognize they have a responsibility to the communities they operate in,” he said.

 

By Dara Hill
The Merritt Herald
April 5, 2018

Forestry has been a major player in Merritt’s economy for years, contributing a great deal of jobs and wealth in the region. That’s not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way, such as Tolko’s Merritt mill closing down and the ongoing softwood lumber dispute with the Unites States. …When asked about the tools the B.C. government is able and willing to use to help protect communities ensure they not only survive, but thrive, Horgan stressed it comes down to the interests of the community. “It really comes down to social license,” he said. “I think it’s the role of government to make sure the tenure holders, the companies that have been developing those assets for the province, also recognize they have a responsibility to the communities they operate in,” he said.