Public supports a timeout on logging in Quebec's intact Boreal Forest - Leger Marketing poll reveals government and industry failing workers



    MONTREAL, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - A new Leger Marketing poll commissioned
by Greenpeace reveals that 86 per cent of Quebecers support the suspension of
logging in the last remaining intact areas of Boreal Forest in the province.
    Additionally, only 18% per cent of respondents believe that forest
companies and the government of Quebec are managing forests in a way that
serves the public interest and forest workers.
    "The public's lack of confidence in the government and logging companies
is significant," said Melissa Filion, a forest campaigner with Greenpeace.
"Without taking quick and concrete action to protect the forest, the
government and logging companies will not regain the public's trust."
    The Boreal Forest covers the northern surface of Canada, from
Newfoundland to the Yukon. It represents a quarter of the world's remaining
ancient forests and stores 47.5 billion tonnes of carbon in its soils and
trees.
    Currently, less than five per cent of the entire province of Quebec is
protected from industrial development and less than 15 per cent of
commercially allocated forest areas remain intact. The government-mandated
Coulombe Commission recommended three years ago that eight per cent of the
Boreal Forest be protected by 2006, and 12 per cent by 2010.
    The government of Quebec has taken little action in this regard.
    "This is a poorly managed industry that leaves communities economically
impoverished, as evidenced by the thousands of jobs lost in Quebec recently,"
said Filion. "Inept forestry management on the part of the government and
logging companies has pushed public opinion to the breaking point. That's why
Greenpeace is pursuing solutions within the marketplace here in Canada and
abroad to protect these communities and the Boreal Forest."
    The publication of the poll follows the recent release of a Greenpeace
investigative report that exposed the destructive practices of logging and
pulp companies Abitibi-Consolidated, Kruger, Bowater and SFK Pulp. Customers
of these companies were identified in an attempt to apply market pressure to
those supporting unsustainable forestry.
    This poll from Léger et Léger of 1,058 adults in Quebec, taken between
29th August and 5th September, is considered accurate within 3.4 percentage
points, 19 times out of 20.




For further information:

For further information: Jocelyn Desjardins, Communication, relations
publiques, Greenpeace, (514) 212-5749; Mélissa Filion, Campagne Forêt boréale,
Greenpeace, (514) 581-8216

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