New Brunswick. Royal Commission in Respect to Lumber Industry.

Abstract: Report of the Royal Commission in Respect to Lumber Industry, 1927

Throughout 1926, Commissioners W. C. Hazen Grimmer and Fred Beatteay held a series of inquests across New Brunswick: in Fredericton, Saint John, Bathurst, Campbellton, Chatham, and Moncton. These investigations were carried out in an attempt to ascertain the state of the lumber industry in the province. They focussed on twelve primary categories: lumber industry, pulp and paper, revised scale, tenure of leases, 12" stump diameter limit, stumpage on soft woods, stumpage on hard woods, licence renewal fees, annual renewal of leases, administration of crown lands, and converting factor board feet into cords.

"The Report of the Royal Commission in respect to Lumber Industry" is a fairly technical report, and it covered both crown and freehold property. The Commissioners made recommendations regarding each of the twelve categories. Some of the highlights are the following: to attract investors to the industry, the tenure of license extensions would be increased from twenty years for pulp and paper and ten years for saw mills to forty to fifty years for both. The Commissioners also noted that though the pulp and paper sector of the industry was doing relatively better than most, they felt that "the industry is capable of much greater expansion." Further, the Report recommended that New Brunswick's waterways be developed so as to deliver the power necessary to take pulp and paper into an expansionary phase.

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Commissioners: W. C. H. Grimmer
Hazen Chipman
Fred C. Beatteay

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