Ontario, Québec forest ministers meet
June 22, 2015 - Ontario and Québec forestry ministers met to discuss forestry matters of mutual benefit and interest.
By Andrew Macklin
In reaffirming their commitment to cooperation, Bill Mauro, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Laurent Lessard, Québec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, agreed to keep working together on priority matters for the two provinces, including promoting sustainable forest management practices to support international trade in forest products and responsible approaches for the protection of species at risk.
“Our provinces’ forestry sectors face similar challenges around issues such as forest certification, the conservation of wildlife habitats or the changes taking place in international markets’” said Laurent Lassard, minister of forests, wildlife and parks in Québec. “We must continue to work together to find innovative solutions that will make our industry stronger while promoting its growth.”
“The forestry sectors in both Ontario and Québec are a matter of critical importance in the areas of job creation, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability,” said Bill Mauro, minister of natural resources and forestry for Ontario. “We had a productive discussion and look forward to working together at the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ meeting later this summer in Thunder Bay.”
Last fall, Ontario and Québec signed a memorandum of understanding confirming their intention to reinvigorate and strengthen the Ontario-Québec Trade and Cooperation Agreement.