VICTORIA, B.C. — Log haulers in northwestern B.C. will be able to haul raw logs south of the border, thanks to a Cabinet order approved Feb. 13.
Up to 35 per cent of the timber harvested along the North Coast, Kalum and Kispiox has been approved for export as raw logs over the next three years.
Some have speculated the approval may be related to talks between the province and Northwest B.C. Timber and Pulp (NWBC) over the future of Skeena Cellulose.
However, a Liberal government spokeswoman has insisted that the raw log export approval has nothing to do with the Skeena decision, and is a blanket decision affecting large and small companies alike.
Daniel Veniez, president of NWBC, voiced concern over the decision to CBC radio.
"As a Canadian, I take offence to the notion we have to go back to being hewers of wood and drawers of water. I wasn’t part of that. It wasn’t part of the equation whatsoever, on our side. We believe in a sawmill system," he said during a CBC radio program aired in Prince Rupert.
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