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Premier Clark announces first contractor sustainability review being conducted in two decades

Jan. 20, 2017 - Premier Clark announced her government’s contractor sustainability review for B.C.’s timber harvesting contractors at the Truck Logger Association’s 74th Annual Convention and Trade Show, “In It For the Long Run,” in Vancouver.

“This is the most significant announcement to affect timber harvesting contractors across the province in almost 20 years,” said TLA executive director David Elstone. “B.C.’s $13 billion forest products industry relies on timber harvesting contractors making this not just an important announcement for contractors but for the industry as a whole.”

“Contractors are the economic backbone of B.C.’s rural communities,” Elstone said. “Right now both communities and contractors are suffering. Contractor sustainability will mean allowing independent timber harvesting contractors to earn a fair rate of return so they can continue to create steady, wellpaying jobs in B.C.’s rural communities and be in it for the long run.”

“I’m particularly excited about Premier Clark’s commitment to appoint an independent facilitator and have him or her conduct individual interviews with TLA members so government can really understand the situation,” Elstone said. “We have a lot to get done to meet Premier Clark’s March 31 deadline and I know the TLA and its members are ready to do whatever it takes to get there.”


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