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Use of wood bill proceeds

A federal wood use bill championed by South OkanaganWest Kootenay MP Richard Cannings has made it past its first vote at second reading.

Bill C-354 would amend the existing Department of Public Works and Services Act to require the government to consider the use of wood in all federal infrastructure projects, including environmentally friendly aspects of using wood. 

Cannings said he was grateful for the support of the MPs who voted with him, and believes the bill will "help the Canadian forestry sector grow for decades to come.” 

The next step for Bill C-354 is to be reviewed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources, at a date yet to be set. Cannings is vice-chair of the committee.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues in committee, and moving towards the passage of this important piece of legislation," Cannings said.

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