Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill introduced legislation today, March 27, to repeal four outdated forestry agreements.
The Forestry Agreement Statutes Act will repeal:
— the Bowater Mersey Agreement Act 1962
— the Halifax Power and Pulp Company Limited Agreement Act, 1962
— the Oxford Lease Purchase Act 1960
— the Scott Maritimes Limited Agreement 1965
“When it comes to the forestry sector, government is focused on supporting the industry through innovation,” said Mr.
Churchill. “These outdated acts were brought in the 1960s and all but one are no longer effective. We want to have modern laws and policies that reflect the ongoing transformation of the forestry industry.”
Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation is now operating under the Scott Maritimes Limited Agreement Act and the province is negotiating for a new forest licence agreement to reflect the provincial natural resources strategy. If passed, the repeal of this act will take effect once a new agreement is reached.