The Legault government is hurting maple syrup producers with its new forestry regime, which often makes public land available to large companies rather than maple syrup producers, denounces the Parti Quebecois (PQ).
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“When we allow manufacturers to enter the sugar bushes, we endanger a collective heritage on public lands,” lamented Sylvain Roy, spokesperson for the Parti Quebecois (PQ) for agriculture and forestry issues.
On Friday, Le Journal told the story of a fourth-generation maple syrup producer from La Patrie, who accuses Quebec of leaving public forests to the paper mills, while the maple syrup industry sorely needs these forests for its growth.
However, for the PQ member, who himself owned a maple grove and a sugar shack, the Legault government is on the wrong track in wanting to increase the cutting areas in this way on Quebec territory.
“We want to let manufacturers enter the sugar bushes. Not just those who make paper, but also those who make hardwood, which is an extremely profitable product, ”said Sylvain Roy, MP for Bonaventure.
150 years before pushing back
According to him, Quebec is shooting itself in the foot with its new strategy and reducing the maple syrup development potential for the benefit of industrialists.
“A sugar bush takes 100 or 150 years to regenerate, while a spruce tree takes 30 or 40 years,” he protested. “We favor multinationals to the detriment of small players,” he added, exasperated.
Remember that yesterday, the CEO of the Quebec Forest Industry Council (CIFQ), Jean-François Samray, was surprised by the words of the Estrie maple syrup producer.
“I do not know many people in the pulp and paper sector who will make paper with sugar maple”, he had illustrated in the Journal, describing the output of the maple syrup producer as “a storm in a glass of water”.