I'll start with the good news today. It looks like NDP MP Peter Julian presented a motion to the Standing Committee on International Trade of Canada's Parliament to hold hearings on softwood lumber. It passed by a majority of the members in the committee.
Now the bad news. The hearings are to be held in Vancouver, and possibly Thunder Bay, Ontario and Saguenay-Lac-St.Jean, Quebec. Now Thunder Bay and Saguenay-Lac-St.Jean are good choices, as the forest industry is important there. Vancouver, on the other hand, is a bad choice. For one, Vancouver has a very diverse economic base. Secondly, there are many other cities in British Columbia, like Prince George, that live or die depending on the performance of the forest industry. Vancouver, on the other hand, would not be wiped off the map if something happened to the forest industry. Based on this two reasons, I think that these hearing in BC should be held in Prince George or another Northern BC city. However, Vancouver has the massive population base, so I guess these guys are, of course, trying to get more votes (not that there is anything wrong with that).
PS: Lobster Thermidor placed a link to my blog as a result of a conversation on a few of his posts, so I'm returning the favour now.