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Consultants to help Saskatchewan industry


July 25, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Saskatchewan government is increasing efforts to address the forest industry crisis in the province.

The Saskatchewan government is increasing efforts to address the forest industry crisis in the province.

According to a report by the CBC, the government is preparing to hire two more consultants who will give advice on how to invigorate Saskatchewan’s pulp and paper industry in the aftermath of the closure of the Prince Albert mill, and challenges at a facility in Meadow Lake.

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The CBC further reported the consultants have until the end of September to put forth their recommendations. Saskatchewan is additionally interested in learning what other forestry products it could feasibly make to try and prop up the industry.

Although the hiring does send a clear message to the province that the government is keen on addressing some of the issues plaguing the sector, the timing has proved a source of frustration for many living in Saskatchewan.

“It’s the right thing to be doing,” CBC reported Delbert Kirsch, a member of the opposition Saskatchewan party as saying. “My only concern is, it should have been started a lot sooner. [They] send up a batter when the game is over. Weyerhaeuser’s gone.”


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