CRANBROOK—Wayne Stetski, the incumbent MP and NDP candidate for Kootenay—Columbia in the upcoming federal election, has been endorsed as an environmental champion by GreenPAC, a non-partisan, non-profit organization working to elect and support environmental leaders of all major parties running for office. Stetski is one of only 25 candidates seeking election in the 2019 federal election to be endorsed by GreenPAC.
“It’s an honour to be recognized as an environmental leader by GreenPac,” said Stetski, who is known throughout the Kootenays for his vast experience and commitment to the environment. “I have dedicated my life as a public servant to our natural environment, and have worked hard to champion environmental issues and causes for the last four years as a Member of Parliament.”
Prior to being elected as MP, Stetski worked for 17 years in the Kootenays with BC Parks and Environment. As Regional Manager for Environment, Stetski was responsible for parks and protected areas, fish and wildlife, and ecosystems. In this role he also co-chaired the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and was the Provincial Authority Member overseeing the management of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. He also spent two years as Manager of the East Kootenay Conservation Program.
After being elected MP in 2015, Stetski was quickly named NDP National Parks Critic. In this role he worked to uphold Canada’s international conservation commitments and implement an action plan to meet UNESCO’s requirements for the preservation of Wood Buffalo National Park. In 2017, he became a member of the House of Commons Environment and Sustainable Development Committee and was appointed vice-chair in 2018. He is a member of the All-Party
Climate Caucus, and founder and co-chair of the Parliamentary All-Party Cycling Caucus.
GreenPAC exists to address the most serious challenge the environmental sector faces: translating Canadians’ environmental concerns into political action. They tackle this challenge by channeling Canadians' broad but diffuse support for environmental progress toward the election campaigns of specific environmental champions. GreenPAC’s goal is to recruit, nominate, elect, and support environmental leaders across the political spectrum, from all major political parties.