MP optimistic about forestry fund

  • Jan. 19, 2007 5:00 p.m.

The future of the South Moresby Forest Replacement Account is still not resolved, but Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen is optimistic. Mr. Cullen is heading to Vancouver to meet with the new Environment Minister John Baird to discuss the fund. Mr. Baird was the former president of the Treasury Board, and was at that time one of the key decision makers on the fund. Mr. Cullen says Mr. Baird is still involved as Environment Minister, but he needs to educate the new president of the Treasury Board, Vic Toews, as well. He says if the government did not bring the fund to the islands, it would be a real black eye and they are getting worried about their election base. “Pretty soon it’s just going to be Calgary,” he says. Mr. Cullen said he will discuss the Parks Canada-funded Visitor Information Centre in Sandspit with the Minister as well. He thinks it is a non-starter issue. “I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t keep that valuable tourism and information centre open,” he says. “Parks has the money, we just need to get it out of them.”

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