Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman

Wayne James lives in the Beausejour area and farms the land he grew up on, as did his father and grandfather before him. Beginning in 1999, Wayne began to convert the farm over to organic production after he had an epiphany about the damage that agricultural chemicals were having on the land that had given so much to him and his family.

In 1977, Wayne received a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg, majoring in theatre. From there he began working at CKX TV Brandon as a studio director, producer and writer, and ultimately as a freelance producer. Later in life, Wayne became a professional driving instructor and worked with a number of organizations and police forces. He has also written and performed fives shows for the Winnipeg Fringe in which he explores political and social issues that are important to him.

His interest in politics is as deep as his interest in the land. Wayne believes strongly in social democracy as a living dynamic energy that the human spirit has the ability to guide and shape. As he has noted, "our first responsibility is not to the economy, it is to future generations.” Given the times we are living in, with climate change and the toxification of the air, soil, and water, this truth has never been more relevant to him.

Wayne is involved with the Sandy-Saultreaux Spiritual Centre, and has been working with them because he feels that we need to close the circle of understanding that has been so destructive to so many human souls. He believes the period of reconciliation we are living in is not only between Canada and its First Nations people, it is between all Canadians and the lands we call home.

Wayne is inspired by the words of Leon Shenandoah of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: "These are our times and our responsibilities. Every human being has a sacred duty to protect mother earth from whom all life comes. In order to do this, we must recognize the enemy...ourselves." Wayne knows that we can all do more the lessen our impact on the land, while still building thriving communities.

Wayne also ran as a Green Party of Canada candidate during the 2015 federal election, and is looking forward to connecting with even more neighbours and supporters this time around.