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Dan Albas

Annual Accountability Report

This week I would like to submit my annual accountability report. It was my intention to do this earlier in the year however it was only late last week that the Board of Internal Economy tabled the audited individual members’ expenditure reports. The following information is for the period from April 1st of 2011 up to March 31st of 2012 in accordance with the Board of Internal Economy reporting periods. Although much of this information is publicly available, it is often difficult to find and may exist within several different areas of government. I believe it is important for citizens to have an annual summary on the activities of elected officials in public office and the following information is based on the most common requests that I receive from constituents.

Without question, spending and travel are typically the most scrutinized areas. In the context of a Member of Parliament from British Columbia, our travel expenses are higher than those of MP’s from other areas in Canada as a result of the fact that we fly the farthest distances between B.C. and Ottawa. My personal travel expense for the time frame was just over $49,000 – in my case this represents roughly 400 hours in an airplane and I would estimate close 98% was regular coach class – I didn’t fly first class before being elected as an MP and I continue to make every effort to fly economy class as a Member of Parliament. Total spending for both my offices here in Okanagan-Coquihalla and in Ottawa including all staff, leases, advertising and travel was $316,625. Currently the average total spending of an MP in British Columbia is roughly $ 445,000. Closer to home NDP MP Alex Atamanenko from B.C. Southern Interior has posted spending of $516,131 as a comparison.

Sponsored travel falls into a different category as Members of Parliament are invited from time to time to travel to other destinations both within and outside of Canada for a variety of different reasons. These invitations often include airfare and accommodations being paid for by the Host provider and not taxpayers. When Members of Parliament accept these invitations they are required to disclose and report such trips to The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. I can confirm that I did not accept any complimentary trips or travel since being elected.

House Attendance: At some point over the years you may have heard about MP’s who rarely venture into the House of Commons while they are in Ottawa unless votes are occurring. From my perspective I try to be in the House of Commons for a portion of each day the House is sitting. During my first year as an MP, there were only three sitting days that I was not in attendance for votes in the House of Commons. In each of these circumstances I was asked to represent the government at an announcement here in Okanagan-Coquihalla. When not in the House of Commons, I am most often in one of the two Parliamentary Committees I sit on or another Parliamentary Committee covering for an MP who may have a scheduling conflict. In total I attended over 915 different events between Ottawa and Okanagan Coquihalla, that included nearly 300 different meetings and roughly 130 community events with the remainder being other Parliamentary or constituency related functions. Not included are unscheduled events or daily phone calls.

The above information is intended to provide a brief summary of the most commonly asked questions regarding my activities for the first year as a Member of Parliament working on your behalf in Ottawa. If there is other information that you are interested in, please do not hesitate to contact me with your request. Likewise if this annual accountability disclosure is not of interest to you, please let me know otherwise I will look to post a similar report this time next year.



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About the Author

Dan Albas has been a Penticton resident since 1981. After attending Okanagan University College, Dan choose to move into small business where his company Kick City Martial Arts has flourished, training hundreds of men, women and children to bring out their best. For his work on child safety and awareness, Dan was the recipient Penticton’s “2005 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

Dan and his wife Tara reside in West Kelowna, where they raise their four daughters.

Dan has served as campaign chair for the United Way of the South Okanagan-Similkameen in 2006-7 and 2010-11, both times surpassing their fundraising goals.

As a community leader, Dan was elected to Penticton City Council in the 2008 municipal elections, where as a first time candidate he won with 5656 votes, topping the polls. Through his work as a city councillor, Dan has proven himself to be a strong constituency worker delivering results and standing up for what he believes in. Dan took a leading role on public safety by proposing aggressive panhandling and dog control bylaws; he proposed a review that greatly helped his community to balance the books and to focus on core services by eliminating wasteful or unnecessary spending. His Penticton Politics website blog has offered new ways for constituents to communicate on important issues.

On June 28 of 2012 Dan became one of the first MP’s in recent history to have a Private Members Bill (Bill 311) C-311 become law with the unanimous all party support of both the House of Commons and the Canadian Senate.  Bill C-311 “An Act to amend the Importation of intoxicating liquors Act” amended a prohibition era law to prevented the free trade of wine over provincial boarders.

Dan is honoured to serve the residents of Okanagan-Coquihalla as their Member of Parliament. He has made good on his commitment to establish a personal blog with his www.DaninOttawa.com site, where he chronicles his activities as the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla.

Dan welcomes your input, so please contact him by e-mail, phone or mail. He can be reached at:

Okanagan- Coquihalla’s MP office
Suite 202-301 Main Street
Penticton, BC V2A 5B7
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 250-770-4480
Fax: 250-770-4484
Toll Free: 1-800-665-8711




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