According to Greenpeace Canada, Prime Minister Philippe Couillard understood nothing when he said on Thursday that there was no question of sacrificing forestry jobs for the protection of woodland caribou.
“It is clear that Couillard has a very poor understanding of market demands and a very limited view of the forest economy in Quebec,” said Olivier Kolmel, Greenpeace Canada’s Forest Campaign Manager.
“He still does not understand that protecting the caribou is about protecting jobs in the long run. Demand for sustainable products is growing around the world and if our governments take caribou protection seriously, they will be able to respond to market demands and support local communities, “he continues.
Mr. Kolmel recalled that last year, several companies that use boreal forest products wrote an open letter to federal and provincial government representatives urging them to act quickly to protect the woodland caribou.
Signatories include Proctor & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Amy’s Kitchen, Ben & Jerry’s and H & M.