Kootenay--Columbia MP Wayne Stetski gets National Parks Critic Portfolio

Published in the Revelstoke Mountaineer

The NDP MP for the Kootenay–Columbia region has been appointed as the critic for the National Parks portfolio, the NDP announced Nov. 12.

As far as Revelstoke is concerned, the appointment is significant. Parks Canada is a prominent stakeholder and employer in the community, and the issue of upgrades to the federally controlled sections of the Trans-Canada Highway in Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke National Park has been a key federal issue for the community for decades.

“I’m honoured to be appointed to the NDP shadow cabinet as the Critic for National Parks. Our experienced and united team is ready to get to work on behalf of Canadians as the progressive opposition,” said Stetski. “The Liberal government made a lot of commitments this campaign. We’re going to hold them to their promises.”

In a statement issued by the NDP Stetski said he would work to ensure that “we protect our natural environment for future generations and reverse Stephen Harper’s damaging changes to environmental protection laws.”

In a statement, Stetski said: “That work begins with updating Parks Canada’s national park system plan to focus on protecting the ecological integrity of our national parks, creating new parks to improve representation of natural regions, and improving ecological connectivity between national parks and other protected areas.”

In his professional career, Stetski worked extensively in parks management, including with the provincial parks system, including a brief period in Revelstoke in the early 1970s.

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