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Columbia River Treaty  Mr. Speaker, the 1964 Columbia River Treaty provided economic and flood prevention benefits, but also caused significant environmental and cultural losses. Local communities and first nations were not consulted during the original negotiations. The people of Kootenay—Columbia b

June 19th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, Canada has a real opportunity to be a world leader in green energy, rather than just following along, behind other countries like Norway and Germany where green energy is now very much a part of their everyday lives and their energy systems and their communities. In

June 12th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Business of Supply  Absolutely, Mr. Speaker. When I use Norway as example, my mother's side of the family is Norwegian so I am always proud to quote what is happening there. That money reflects the past. Norwegians have collected a trillion dollars by keeping money rather than having it blown out th

June 12th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Courtenay—Alberni for his passion on the subject. I am proud to rise today to speak to a motion that not only works to protect Canada's environment, but calls on the government to invest in green energy and green jobs. I have

June 12th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Petitions  Madam Speaker, I am tabling two petitions today. The first one is e-petition 1465 signed by almost 3,000 people. Basically, these are people from my riding of Kootenay—Columbia who are concerned that when parties and politicians are running for office, they have one set of promi

June 11th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Petitions  Madam Speaker, my second petition, with 36 signatures, is aimed at all of the G7 nations, or G6 plus one these days. They are concerned that girls and women in the world's poorest countries are being held back from realizing their full potential. They would like to close gender g

June 11th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government is spending $4.5 billion of taxpayer money, our money, to buy a 65-year-old leaky pipeline. Many Canadians do not realize that the pipeline runs through Jasper National Park and B.C.'s Mount Robson Provincial Park. The government claims it will

June 8th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I just want to complete the B.C. roster this evening. I used to be the regional manager for southeastern British Columbia in the Ministry of Environment. When I first became regional manager, there were four federal fisheries officers working in southeastern B.C. Th

June 7th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the government has begun negotiations with the United States on the future of the 54-year-old Columbia River Treaty. During the original negotiations, more than 2,000 people were forced to relocate as rich farmland and valuable riparian areas were sacrificed, and ind

June 7th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I have a question, and I really do not know whether you will have an answer or not.

June 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Criminal Code  I will do it sideways. As a question for you, I was in court with a constituent recently—

June 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Criminal Code  The question is for the member, absolutely. I was in a court with a constituent recently, and the woman ahead of us was standing before the judge. She was charged with two counts of shoplifting. The judge said to her, “I haven't seen you for a while. You've lost a lot of weight.

June 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, yesterday in my riding of Kootenay—Columbia, there were protest rallies held in both Cranbrook and Nelson against the $4.5 billion going to the pipeline. When I talk to people in my constituency, they tell me they would prefer to see $4.5 billion going to actually im

June 5th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Endangered Whales  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak in favour of Motion No. 154 to study how we can better protect and recover the St. Lawrence estuary beluga and the North Atlantic right whales on our east coast, and the southern resident killer whales on our west coast. It migh

June 4th, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I live in British Columbia and I have for many years. Of course, we have had a carbon tax in place for well over a decade. When I was mayor of Cranbrook, we used to be able to take the money we would have had to pay for carbon taxes and reinvest it in improvements in

May 31st, 2018House debate

Wayne StetskiNDP