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View Richard Cannings Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you for being here.
I just want to start by saying that the forest sector has changed a lot, especially the labour relations within the sector, within the last 20 or 30 years or more. It used to be that most of the workers were employees of companies, and now if Weyerhaeuser wants to harvest a cut block, they contract out to someone to build a road into that cut block. That person contracts out to someone else to actually put the tape out on the road. They contract someone else to go and cut the trees on the road. They contract someone else to actually build the road, and that's even before they get down to harvesting the timber.
It would seem to me that the bulk of the workers in the forest, the people out on the land, who, I think, are probably a quarter to a third of the people working in the forest sector in B.C., are self-employed basically. They're contractors. I just wonder how much of these funds are available to people like that, you know, guys who just go out and do things as sub-subcontractors to somebody else. Do they have the same access to those funds as someone who works in a mill does? How much uptake are you getting from that kind of worker?
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