Newfoundland opposition parties criticize province's lack of decision on use of timber resource in Labrador after rejecting proposals it called for in March, demand more detail on government's plans for forestry industry

LOS ANGELES , November 29, 2013 () – The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has rejected seven proposals for the use of a timber resource in central Labrador, The Telegram reported on Nov. 28.

The provincial Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) on March 22 issued a Call for Expressions of Interest to develop the timber resource, with an April 26 deadline. The two most preferred proposals from the pool of submissions were both rejected.

Now, Liberals and the NDP are pressuring the Progressive Conservative government, led by Kathy Dunderdale, to elaborate on the decision. The opposition also wants a more detailed set of ideas on what the province has planned for the forestry industry in general.

Lorraine Michael, leader of the NDP in the Newfoundland and Labrador, alleges the government’s decision is a demonstration of its incompetence, or refusal to handle issues that deal with forestry.

Liberal leader Dwight Ball hopes the government will be more open to proposals related to the timber resource, noting that around 450,000 m3 of cut wood at an idled hydroelectric site in Muskrat Falls could go to waste if no plan is established for the area.

The primary source of this article is The Telegram, St. John's, Newfoundland, Nov. 28, 2013.

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