Financing of forestry : the government Couillard criticized by the former minister of the parti québecois Paul Bégin

News 26 March, 2018
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    Monday, march 26, 2018 13:45

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    QUEBEC – The former minister of the parti québecois Paul Bégin critical of the government Couillard grants to the forest for the maintenance of some paths land in Quebec.

    According to him, government should rather pay those sums to the MRC, that they would be able to share it with vacationers.

    In 2016, the government of Québec announced the creation of an envelope of $ 240 million over five years to fund the maintenance of the unpaved roads of Quebec, which sum is distributed to different forest enterprises.

    According to Mr. Bégin, the funds received by the companies “are not intended to facilitate access to public land for various activities such as hunting, fishing and resort”, which should be the goal, he says.

    It is suspected that the government Couillard to use these funds to finance the forestry companies in a roundabout way.

    “Was this a trick to escape the rules of the NAFTA and help the logging companies, since neither the MRC nor the users have their word to say in the administration of this program?”, he questioned, during a press conference held at the national Assembly.

    The former minister of the Environment is estimated to be 144 million $ $ $ $ are always available in this envelope.