SMFRA will continue: Nathan Cullen

  • Dec. 15, 2006 7:00 p.m.

Significant and high-level discussions are going on right now in Ottawa regarding the South Moresby Forest Replacement Fund, MP Nathan Cullen told the Observer Friday morning (Dec. 15). Mr. Cullen said he has been assured that the politicians will find a way to continue the $24-million fund, which is set to expire on March 31 unless the federal cabinet makes a decision to preserve it. The three most-senior politicians involved in today’s discussions are Treasury Board president John Baird, Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn and Chilliwack MP Chuck Strahl, Mr. Cullen said. Islanders have been lobbying for several years to have the fund brought under local control. The provincial government, which provided half the $24-million fund, has already agreed to this proposal, but it now requires the green light from Ottawa.