IN THE MEDIA: Stetski on year one as MP

By Marie Milner, Kootenay Business


As the member of Parliament for the Kootenay-Columbia riding in southeastern B.C., Wayne Stetsksi (NDP) is in a position to have a great deal of influence on the region. Stetski spoke with us in mid-October about his first year as an MP.

Has this job been full of surprises?

“I consider being a member of Parliament to be an extension of my career in public service, so in that sense it’s pretty familiar. The intensity that comes from having to work in two places—in Ottawa and throughout the riding—and to consider three time zones, has been the biggest surprise”...

What are some of your impressions from your first year in Ottawa?

"It’s an honour to be there. I walk to work, and every morning when I round the corner and see Centre Block, with the Peace Tower, the House of Commons and the Senate—it still has its wow value. The first time I took my seat in the House of Commons, I was so aware that this is where a lot of the history of Canada was made...

Can you tell us about your work in the riding?

“I have met with every mayor of every community in the riding to find out what their concerns and interests are. I set up constituency meetings so people could drop in and see me in their communities. I’ve spoken to school classes in Crawford Bay, Kimberley, Cranbrook and Fernie, and I’ve spoken with First Nations groups at a number of the AGMs around the riding. I have also participated in special events and coffee meetings and issue-focused events, with many more to come”...

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