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New Democratic Party
Kootenay--Columbia (British Columbia)
Birth Date
May 23, 1952
Email Address
manager - east kootenay conservation program, mayor, senior public servant (parks and environment, bc)

Parliamentary Career

October 19, 2015 -
  Kootenay--Columbia (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 63)

June 6, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski

Madam Speaker, a couple of things are problematic. First, let us look at the struggles that millennials have these days. They have to pay generally very high rents. They often have children in day care, which can cost $2,000 a month. They are trying to pay off their student loans. They have no free pharmacare at this point. When we put all that together, only 36% of millennials even have an RRSP. Saying to them instead of taking $25,000 out of their non-existent RRSP, they can take $35,000 out really is not helpful at all.

I am quite interested in the equity portion of it. One question that was not answered when this was first announced was whether CMHC would keep that percentage of equity when the house was sold. In other words, if the house goes up in value, does CMHC keep a 10% value of the profits from that home?

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   Housing
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May 30, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canada's forestry sector is a fundamental part of many rural communities, like my riding. It provides high-quality, well-paying jobs that thousands of Canadians rely on to support their families.

In British Columbia, we are seeing temporary and permanent mill closures and shift reductions. The impact of the mountain pine beetle and increasing wildfires pose major threats to our forestry industry, as does the Liberal government's total failure to get a new deal on softwood lumber. U.S. duties are hurting our communities.

Will the Liberals make the removal of U.S. duties on softwood lumber a real priority and secure a fair deal for Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Forestry Industry
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May 16, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Madam Speaker, I would like to thank both of my colleagues for their great speeches.

In my riding of Kootenay—Columbia, there is a group called the Regional District of Central Kootenay, or RDCK, which is a collection of mayors and rural representatives who come together around important issues.

Recently, they put forward a motion recognizing that climate change is “an urgent reality requiring rapid decarbonisation of energy" and that “[p]reparing for increased resilience and adaptability is critical.” They went on to say that the RDCK “recognizes that the world is in a global state of climate crisis” and requires an imperative for all orders of government to undertake “'rapid and far-reaching' changes to building construction, energy systems, land use, and transportation.”

I would like my colleague to comment on the role of municipalities, but also on how the NDP is already proposing to deal with things like construction.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Environment
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May 15, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I wish I could say I was happy to rise today to present this petition, but I am not.

On April 29, Air Canada ceased to provide service between Calgary and Cranbrook, a service that has been in place since 1967. We have an annual passenger load coming in and out of Cranbrook of almost 69,000 passengers, and over these years every flight I took with Air Canada, back and forth, has always been full.

My riding is very important for skiing. I have nine downhill ski areas. I have 18 golf courses. Tourism is on the rise. We really cannot afford to see this airline stop flying in. We are happy to have WestJet still flying.

My citizens—

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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May 15, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski

Mr. Speaker, the petitioners are calling on the Minister of Transport to recommend to Air Canada president and CEO Mr. Rovinescu to maintain a minimum of one flight a day, each way, between the Canadian Rockies International Airport and the Calgary International Airport.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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