Forest products: the PLQ is concerned about the sale of Resolute

Forest products: the QLP is concerned about the sale of Resolute

UPGRADE DAY

The day after the announcement of the sale of Resolute Forest Products to Asian interests, the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) says it is worried about the province's forest industry and deplores what he considers the current CAQ government's lack of enthusiasm to defend its future.

Forest products: the PLQ is concerned about the sale of Resolute

Marc Tanguay, Member of the Liberal Party of Quebec

“Minister Fitzgibbon can't watch the train go by. It must be proactive in this file in order to protect jobs in Quebec and support the economy of our regions,” said Liberal MP Marc Tanguay, Opposition Economics Critic, yesterday in a press release. , innovation, energy and natural resources.

On Wednesday, Resolute Forest Products, a company founded more than 200 years ago in Quebec City, announced that it had accepted a $3.5 billion purchase offer from Paper Excellence, controlled by the wealthy Widjaja family, d 'Indonesia. 

The forestry sector is the largest in the province, with 6,521 workers in America, including nearly 4,000 in Quebec. It is also the largest holder of stumpage rights in the province. 

Written guarantees

The PLQ says it is concerned, among other things, about the future of this “vital” sector. for the province and in particular that of the Thurso, Amos and Baie-Comeau plants, which are still inactive. 

He asks the government to act quickly to obtain written commitments from the buyers in terms of jobs, its investments in Quebec and the protection of forests.

Liberal candidate in Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Frédéric Beauchemin, did not appreciate that the office of the Minister of the Economy ( MEI), Pierre Fitzgibbon, calls it “a pity” this important transaction. This shows, he said, a “lack of vision of the CAQ for our economy and our natural resources”.

The MEI yesterday did not respond to the offer presented to him to react to the concerns expressed by the Liberals.

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