Nathan Cullen to focus on industry for “the next generation to come”

BC ministers allude to measures to bolster resource sector in COVID recovery

By Derrick Penner
The Vancouver Sun
January 28, 2021

Key B.C. cabinet ministers did not have big promises to announce for the province’s resource sector at a major industry forum this week. The politicians, however, talked about substantial initiatives to come that will bolster forestry, mining and energy in B.C.’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery. “The resource sector, throughout the pandemic, has been an absolute cornerstone for our economy,” said Nathan Cullen, minister of state for lands and natural resources. He vowed that strengthening the industries “for the next generation to come is the singular focus of my work.” That will come through modernizing B.C.’s land-use planning process, one of the major tasks Cullen was given, which will aim to create “consistency and certainty” for all sides in reviewing, approving and permitting major projects. Cullen spoke on a panel during the B.C. Natural Resources Forum with five key cabinet colleagues, which is typically an important venue for government’s messaging to a central industry event.

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