MP Eglinski Calls for Federal Funding to Fight Pine Beetle
November 3, 2017
OTTAWA: On November 3rd, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, asked a question in the House during Question Period. He once again called on the federal government to assist Alberta in the fight against the mountain pine beetle infestation, specifically asking for financial assistance to cull the trees in the region.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House once again to ask the Minister of Natural Resources about his plans to stop the pine beetle from attacking our forests.
“Last year alone, the beetle increased ten-fold. Even though science and research has been done, the beetle has moved from Jasper Park into central Alberta and is heading east. All of Canada’s pine forests are at risk. We need financial assistance to cull the trees. What is the Liberal government doing to stop this infestation?”
Ms. Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, responded:
“Mr. Speaker, we understand the critical importance of forestry to the economies of eastern and western Canada, as a source of jobs, prosperity, and opportunity. We are acutely aware of the threat that forest pests, like the mountain pine beetle, emerald ash borer, and spruce bud worm, pose to Canada’s forests. In budget 2016, we invested $87 million to support scientific research and infrastructure, including funding to combat destructive forest pests, such as spruce bud worm and mountain pine beetle. We are working closely with our partners, provinces, universities, and industry, all with a common goal of finding a solution to this problem.”
For all questions and responses in Question Period, visit the corresponding Friday’s Hansard at the House Publications page: www.ourcommons.ca/en.