With news Western Forest Products is shutting down its Ladysmith sawmill indefinitely, the NDP’s deputy Forests Critic is placing the blame squarely on the Liberal government. Around 70 workers will be affected by the shutdown.

Around 70 workers will be affected.

WFP’s Nanaimo sawmill is also closing this month; permanently.

Nanaimo North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley says the export of logs needs to be cut way back.

Routley says, in that time, 30,000 forestry jobs have disappeared. He also says the Liberals have consistently overruled the recommendations of their own log export advisory committee.

Routley says BC’s forestry industry generates more than four times what the natural gas industry does in terms of government revenue.