Wayne was born and raised on his family farm in North Wiltshire, Prince Edward Island, the sixth generation of Easters to work the red island soil. His first taste of public service came at the National Farmers Union, beginning as Youth President at age 23 and rising through the ranks to ultimately serve as NFU President. During his eleven years with the organization, Wayne advised a variety of national and international governments on farm policy and free trade issues and became a strong advocate for family-owned farms and sustainable agriculture.
In 1988 he received an Honourary Doctorate of Law from UPEI for his contribution to agriculture and social activism. In 1992 he was awarded the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal for community service.
Wayne entered federal politics in 1993 when he was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Malpeque, PEI, and has since won re-election nine times. In Ottawa, Wayne has served as the Solicitor General of Canada, Parliamentary Secretary for both Fisheries and Agriculture, and was critic of Agriculture, Trade, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness while a Member of the opposition. Following the 2015 election, Wayne was elected Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, and was unanimously acclaimed for the role once again in 2019. A longtime Member of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, Wayne has served as Co-Chair since February 2016.
Wayne and his wife Helen continue to make their home in North Wiltshire, and have two grown children, Kimberley and Jamie, and four grand-children.