POLITICS

B.C. premier won't ban raw log exports, but says that's what the NDP wants

01/20/2012 07:28 EST | Updated 03/21/2012 05:12 EDT
VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says her government is reviewing its policy on raw log exports although she's not about to ban it, something she claims the NDP wants to do.

She made her comments during a speech to the annual convention of the B.C. Truck Loggers Association in Victoria on Friday.

Clark says she would like to see B.C. get more value out of its wood but doesn't support an export ban, adding that's the position of Opposition leader Adrian Dix.

She says such a ban would cost thousands of jobs, but the New Democrats claim it only wants the exports restricted, not banned outright.

Truck loggers' president Dave Lewis says raw log exports are an economic reality because domestic buyers often don't want to pay enough for them.

Clark also told the convention the government's new forestry policy will be rolled out within the next few weeks. (CFAX,CKNW)