IN THE MEDIA: Wayne Stetski hosts small business forum in Fernie
By Andrea Horton, Fernie Free Press
October 19th, 2016 - 9:36am
Wayne Stetski hosted a small business forum at the Senior’s Drop-In Centre in Fernie on Oct. 12.
“I said during the election that I was really interested in meeting with small businesses around the riding to find out how all three levels of government can help small businesses be successful,” said Stetski in an interview with The Free Press. “I wanted to have the opportunity to chat with them and in order to make it efficient for their time…. I wanted to give them an opportunity to talk with all three levels of government at the same time.”
In attendance was Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano. MLA Bill Bennett could not attend so Nicholas Simons, NDP MLA for the Sunshine Coast was invited to attend. Simons is involved in the economics from the NDP party’s perspective and although his riding is coastal, Stetski believes that it has sort of a rural feel to it and rural issues very similar to what we find in this part of the province.
From a federal perspective, Stetski relayed that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) needs to be fixed.
“In terms of our riding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is of particular concern in Golden, Invermere and Fernie ... And in Fernie you have the added challenge of the lack of affordable housing. That was brought up several times by people around the table.”
According to Stetski payroll tax was another issue for people, as well as credit card cost – Canada is one of the few countries around the world that doesn’t have a legislated limit to what credit card companies can charge businesses.
“That is something that the Federal Government needs to look at,” he said...
There are three provincial MLA ridings within Stetski’s federal riding. His intent is to hold a forum in each riding. Fernie was the first.