It's an early start for Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski today, as he meets with forest industry representatives in Kenora this morning. They're the guest of Greg Rickford, who is also the minister for Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs.
Access to U.S. markets and American import tariffs remain key issues for the industry, which continues to show signs of a strong recovery.
During hearings before the province's finance committee last month in Dryden, Resolute underlined :
- the importance of reliable access to wood supply, noting the uncertainties and restrictions presented by the Endangered Species Act
- the uncertainties created by the possibility of seeing more regulations being imposed by both federal and provincial governments, which add red tape, delays and cost
- the competitive disadvantage presented by Manitoba hydro prices, when compared with Ontario's
In his comments to the committee last month, Energy Minister Greg Rickford noted Kenora Forest Products remained closed for a number of years, due to the hydro prices in Ontario, when compared with Manitoba.
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