Canadian government enters war of words with Greenpeace
By Pulp & Paper Canada
August 5, 2015 - The federal government is picking sides, supporting Canada’s forest industry in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace to discredit certain companies and practices. Minister Denis Lebel announced on July 31 that the government of Canada will finance scientific studies focused on woodland caribou and will act directly to inform forest proudcts clients to inform them of the facts about Canada’s forest management practices.
According to La Presse, Minister Lebel vowed that Greenpeace will not destroy the economy of his region. He promised to “re-establish the facts to stop the defamation.”
The promotional campaign announced by Lebel will use social media, and will employ ambassadors and consular officials to explain Canada’s forest management practices to other countries, La Presse reported. Also, three federal ministrys will send a letter to clients of Canadian forest products companies, which will include studies and information countering the allegations of environmental groups.
Lebel is Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.