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Second reading of Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood)

Second reading of Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood)

Second reading of Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood)

Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals): 

Very quickly on debate, Your Honour, I want to call our colleague’s attention to a previous report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry where we did a major study on the use of wood. We visited other places in B.C., including the Richmond Oval, which was used for the Olympics in 2010.

In that report there is testimony from the firefighters. I can’t recall them all as it was a number of years ago, but the testimony was very supportive of the use of wood and, as Senator Griffin said, it’s the furniture that’s a problem, not the wood that’s used in the structure. It was a good question, but the Agriculture and Forestry Committee has already provided the answer. You only need to refer to that report.