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Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, Bill C-74 contains 556 pages and would amend 44 acts. I looked at some of the things that would be impacted by this legislation, such as carbon pricing. Climate change is probably one of the most important environmental issues of our time. It is top of mind for p

April 16th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I met with a number of small businesses in my riding during the furor, I guess would be the best way to describe it, on the original Liberal government proposals. Absolutely we need to do better for small businesses. For example, I would like to see a limit to the cr

April 16th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, in 2015, one of the reasons my riding of Kootenay—Columbia changed hands from being Conservative for 21 years to NDP was the Conservatives' attack on the environment, including removing the habitat section from the Fisheries Act. I was a regional manager with the Mi

March 29th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Families of Members of Parliament  Two months ago, a reporter from The Hill Times stopped me outside the House of Commons and asked a question. She said, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married. Do you have any advice for them?” I said,“Yes. Learn to cut each other some slack.” “Is that what you do for

March 29th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, when the parliamentary secretary says there is no political interference, sometimes by setting guidelines that will not work for small growers or outdoor growers, we are in essence providing political interference through a set of standards. In terms of measuring wh

March 1st, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, last November I asked the government what it would do to support the small-scale outdoor farmers who are producing cannabis for recreational use. Increasingly we see large corporations quickly taking the lead in getting licences to produce marijuana, companies like

March 1st, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for York—Simcoe for introducing this private member's bill. Canadians take great pride in their built heritage, as they do in their diverse culture and history. Bill C-323 would provide Canadians with a much needed tax credit to ass

March 1st, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, last June I had the pleasure of accompanying the veterans affairs committee on a trip to Washington to look at how the United States treats veterans versus how Canada treats veterans. There is a very alarming statistic. They now estimate that something like 70% of re

February 15th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Clayton Murrell and Joan MacKinnon  Mr. Speaker, sometimes life just is not fair. On February 3, a tractor trailer lost control on Highway 3 in my riding of Kootenay—Columbia and ran head-on into a truck, resulting in the deaths of Clayton Murrell and Joan MacKinnon. This tragedy has left their families, friends,

February 15th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, this year marks 80 years since Gatineau Park was established, and for nearly 50 years the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has been striving for its protection. Gatineau Park is a cherished resource within our national capital region, and home to 118 rare or end

February 14th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague across the floor for her work on this, and for bringing in both Bill C-68 and Bill C-69. My riding of Kootenay—Columbia was Conservative for 21 years. Quite frankly, it was the Conservative government's attack on environmental legi

February 13th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the people of Kootenay—Columbia who are opposed to Kinder Morgan are opposed for three very good reasons. First, the pipeline was approved using a flawed, weak environmental assessment process that was actually part of the 2015 election results. Certainly in my rid

February 12th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I have only been a member of Parliament for two and a half years. Prior to that, I was the mayor of Cranbrook, and I can tell the member that the municipal system needs to be fixed in two ways. First of all, we need some maximums on donations to municipal elections.

February 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, the question actually has a fairly obvious answer. When political parties are looking for money, $1,500 as a maximum donation, or $1,550 as it currently is in Canada, sounds a lot more attractive to parties than a $200 limit, depending on who is doing the supportin

February 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I have to admit that when the topic of political financing reform comes up, many Canadians' eyes glaze over. It is not the most exciting subject in front of this Parliament, and yet we have heard about 18 or 19 speakers on this topic pointing out both the strengths a

February 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP