Wayne STETSKI

STETSKI, Wayne

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Kootenay--Columbia (British Columbia)
Birth Date
May 23, 1952
Website
http://waynestetski.ndp.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=dfce868a-f590-4d20-b1b6-4e08a3e5b669&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
Wayne.Stetski@parl.gc.ca
Profession
manager - east kootenay conservation program, mayor, senior public servant (parks and environment, bc)

Parliamentary Career

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

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 63)


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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May 14, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I too enjoyed the member's speech. There was lots of good information in it.

Interestingly, in my riding of Kootenay—Columbia, I do not hear a lot of concern from my constituents regarding their taxation levels, but I hear a lot of concern about the tax evasion and tax avoidance committed largely by large corporations. There is a feeling that the system really is not fair.

Does the member think Canada should propose legislative changes to the Canadian tax code to prevent tax evaders from using our overly flexible laws to avoid paying their fair share to the Government of Canada? Would this not make things a lot more equal for taxpayers in general?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada–Madagascar Tax Convention Implementation Act, 2018
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May 14, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise with a second petition in support of Bill C-331, the international promotion and protection of human rights act. It is a positive bill in that its purpose is for Canada to maintain, promote and enhance its role in the international community as a country committed to upholding human rights and environmental sustainability worldwide. We have not always acted in the best interests of the societies or the environment where we have been involved internationally. This bill provides the opportunity to provide responsible international corporate standards and to allow pursuing legal recourse within Canada to deal with some of these infractions around the world.

The signators and supporters of this petition represent three million Canadians across Canada. They are asking the government to support Bill C-331.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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May 7, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Madam Speaker, at times the truth can be a little elusive within these hallowed halls. I just want to set the record straight for British Columbia and then ask the hon. member a question.

British Columbia has had a carbon tax in place since 2008. I live in British Columbia. In 2007, we received a cheque from the government. In 2008, the carbon tax kicked in under a Liberal government. By the way, many B.C. Liberals are card-carrying Conservatives federally; I just want to make that very clear. It was brought in by the Liberal government at the time.

For the last 11 years, British Columbia has had one of the strongest economies in Canada. I am vice-chair of the environment committee. We were studying climate change, and we had a number of witnesses come forward. These independent witnesses verified that having a carbon tax in place in British Columbia did reduce GHG emissions.

Could my hon. friend explain the fact that British Columbia has had a carbon tax for 11 years and the sky has not fallen and the economy has done very well? Where is your climate change plan?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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May 7, 2019

Mr. Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, in October of last year, the United Nations released a report from climate change scientists that said we have 12 years to take serious action if we are going to try to combat climate change. Yesterday the United Nations released another report; it said that one million species of plants and animals around the world are at risk and that one of the reasons is climate change.

Across the world, including in my riding of Kootenay—Columbia, students are walking out of school on Fridays because of their very serious concern about climate change and whether they will even have a future.

I realize the best defence is an offence, so the Conservatives' attack on a carbon tax or a price on pollution is understandable from a political perspective, but if the Conservatives are really serious about the environment and the future of our children, where is their climate plan?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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