IN THE MEDIA: Small Business owners meet with Wayne Stetski to discuss local issues

By Nikki Fredrikson, The Columbia Valley Pioneer


Nine members of the business community had the opportunity to sit down with Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski and District of Invermere’s Mayor Gerry Taft to discuss concerns and challenges they’re facing on Wednesday, March 1st at Circle Café in Invermere. The small business forum was the second of three forums Mr. Stetski is hosting in the Kootenay-Columbia riding.

One of the larger topics covered at the forum in Invermere was surrounding agriculture in the area, and the challenges with transportation of goods, regulations on herbicides and pesticides, and lack of young people involved in the industry.

“I learn from every community and of course every community is quite distinct. I hadn’t seen or been reminded for awhile now about the concerns around inter-provincial trade. It was interesting to hear the concerns both about the meat products and vegetable products, some of the challenges going back and forth just between Alberta and British Columbia. It is absolutely ironic that it can be easier to send produce to China than it can be at times to cross provincial borders. So that definitely needs fixing from a federal perspective,” said Mr. Stetski.

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