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Wood deal won't export jobs: ministry

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

The B.C. government is defending its wood deal with China. (REUTERS)

The B.C. government is defending its wood deal with China. (REUTERS)


The British Columbia Ministry of Forests says a new memorandum of understanding signed with a Chinese province will not mean raw log imports to China will increase.

The MOU was announced Wednesday and a spokesman for the Wilderness Committee said that while the group likes the idea of encouraging China to build more wood-framed houses, the agreement didn’t say what products would come from B.C. to make it happen.

Torrance Coste said it wasn’t clear if the deal could mean more raw log exports, taking Canadian jobs with them.

But on Thursday, the ministry said raw log imports would not increase due to the agreement.

“The focus of B.C.’s marketing efforts in China are on growing the market for softwood lumber and other wood products typically used in building construction,” said the ministry. “The focus is not on increasing log exports.”

The ministry insisted any lumber would be milled in B.C.



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