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Sober second thought

May 26, 2016 / 12:00 am
This week is the final constituency week where MPs are back in their home ridings before returning to Ottawa on Monday, May 30 for what will be the longest uninterrupted sitting for this year as debate will likely be extended well into the late evening hours with possibly more sitting days to be...

Best electoral system?

May 19, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Seldom will a week go by while the House of Commons is in session without hearing the all too familiar suggestion that “democracy is under attack”. As I pointed out in last week’s MP report whenever time allocation or another legitimate parliamentary procedural tool is used by...

Time allocation

May 12, 2016 / 6:00 am
Ottawa has once again been a busy week as a number of debates have been occurring while bills progress through the House in some cases assisted by the Liberal government through invoking time allocation to limit debate and force votes. In addition to time allocation bills such as the assisted...

Fort McMurray

May 5, 2016 / 4:00 pm
Our thoughts are with Fort McMurray residents Our thoughts and prayers this week are with our neighbours in Fort McMurray, Alberta, who have been devastated by a raging wildfire that has caused immense loss of property. Fortunately, to date, there has been no reported loss of life. Citizens...

Timely access to benefits

Apr 28, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Constituency week This week is a constituency week, meaning the House of Commons is adjourned while Members of Parliament are back in our home ridings. For 2016, there will be roughly 26 break weeks and 26 sitting weeks, depending on when the House adjourns in June. From my perspective, this...

Assisted death debate

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Bill C-14 - medical assistance in dying In two previous MP reports, I have asked for feedback on the subject of medically assisted dying, in response to the Supreme Court decision that has in effect legalized this action pending legislation from Parliament. To summarize I would like to...

Bank crisis: Bail in?

Apr 15, 2016 / 6:40 am
Bail in or bail out In my previous two MP reports, I covered several concerns related to the recent 2016 Federal Budget, and in turn have received excellent feedback, with many good questions and comments. Citizen concerns One question that received a large amount of interest relates to...

Our aging population

Apr 7, 2016 / 12:00 pm
In last week’s report, I raised concerns that Government budgets, such as the recent Liberal Federal budget, often focus too much on short term thinking while ignoring the long term issues that will impact future generations of Canadians. This week, the independent Parliamentary Budget...

A 'gift' of debt to your kids

Mar 31, 2016 / 6:58 am
When any level of Government releases an annual budget, the focus is often on what programs and projects will receive increased or decreased funding. Seldom is there much of a discussion on the long term impacts of a budget on future generations of citizens. In the case of the recent Federal...

Budget 2016

Mar 24, 2016 / 6:08 pm
This week the Liberal Government tabled the first budget for the 42nd Parliament in Ottawa. As some may recall during the recent election, the Liberals promised that their first two budgets would have deficits capped at $10 Billion each year before returning to a balanced budget in 2019....

Of death and dying

Mar 17, 2016 / 7:00 am
Seeking feedback on death and dying This week is a constituency week. This means the House is not sitting, as Members of Parliament are back in their ridings before returning to Ottawa next week for just four days, until the House rises again for two more constituency weeks before resuming on...

Taxes - unfair?

Mar 10, 2016 / 1:00 pm
Some of the more significant issues that arise out of Ottawa do not originate from within the House of Commons. This is certainly the case this week, when news reports from CBC regarding a compliance and enforcement decision by the Canadian Revenue Agency created a considerable reaction among...

On budgets, Friday sittings

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:00 pm
On budgets and Friday sittings It should never be forgotten that elected officials work for the public, and should be accountable to the people we collectively serve. This is why, in last week’s MP report, I asked citizens to share their input with me on these weekly reports, and what...

Seeking your input

Feb 25, 2016 / 3:56 pm
Each week, I am thankful for the significant amount of feedback on my weekly MP report. This feedback often contains suggestions for future reports, which I welcome and appreciate. One question that has come up a few times is in regards to the differences between being a Government MP and an...

Spending priorities

Feb 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
Since my last report, we have passed the first 100 days in office since the new Liberal Government was sworn into power. As is customary, this 100 day milestone is marked by close scrutiny of Government actions from a wide variety of media and pundits. One particular analysis that caught my...

ISIS: Mission in flux

Feb 11, 2016 / 9:08 pm
This week is a constituency week: The House of Commons is not sitting after having been in session for the previous two weeks. The House will resume next week for a three week session until the next constituency week. For the sake of interest between now and the House adjourning on June 23rd for...

Energy a contentious issue

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:58 pm
Energy/labour debates dominate In last week’s MP report I wrote, “On Wednesday, the Liberal Government announced a new pipeline review process, and on Thursday, the Official Opposition Conservatives will table a motion calling on the Liberal Government to express support for the...

A national unity crisis?

Jan 28, 2016 / 12:25 pm
The buzz coming out of Ottawa this week is talk of a national unity crisis. This comes after Montreal Mayor Dennis Coderre announced strong opposition to the proposed Energy East pipeline project, a project that is supported by the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New...

Canada and terrorism

Jan 21, 2016 / 8:51 pm
This past week, the world was horrified to learn of yet another terror attack, this time in Burkina Faso, where roughly 30 citizens, including six Canadians from Quebec, were murdered in a senseless act of violence. Particularly disturbing is that these Canadians were all serving in the region...

Talking trade

Jan 14, 2016 / 6:00 am
For a variety of reasons, the subject of international trade has been prominent in federal politics over this past week. One issue frequently raised of late is a deal between General Dynamics Land Systems, located in Ontario, to sell light armoured vehicles (LAV’s) to Saudi Arabia....

Preparing for Parliament

Jan 7, 2016 / 8:44 pm
In roughly two week’s time the House of Commons will resume sitting, and Canada’s 42nd Parliament will get down to work. At this point, the legislative agenda remains largely unknown. In addition to Government bills, the Private Member’s Lottery has now been held, which...

The political landscape

Dec 31, 2015 / 6:00 am
Surveying the political landscape From a Canadian political perspective, 2015 has been a big year as we now has a new 42nd Parliament with a change in Government, a change in the Official Opposition, and a change in the third party. Aside from these obvious changes come new Ministers, a new...

Open government, for some

Dec 24, 2015 / 6:00 am
Open government for some, but not all I have always been a strong believer in accountability and transparency. For this reason, I have published an annual accountability report that discloses my total public spending, sponsored travel, and other details not always easy to locate online so...

GST going up?

Dec 17, 2015 / 6:00 am
This week began with several media headlines from Ottawa suggesting that the Liberal Government was not ruling out a tax increase to the GST to help pay for the rising Liberal deficit spending. Not long after, I heard from many upset citizens on this subject, as a GST increase was not in the...

The government's priorities

Dec 10, 2015 / 6:00 am
Since my report from last week, the new Liberal Government has presented its throne speech, and has revealed its priorities for the upcoming legislative session of Parliament. As you may have heard, this throne speech was a short one, and focussed on five general topics. The first topic related...

Ottawa abuzz

Dec 3, 2015 / 6:00 am
This will be the first full week in which all Members of Parliament will be back in Ottawa, and already a heavy partisan overtone is descending upon Parliament Hill. At the moment, the issue buzzing around Ottawa is news from the CBC that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is billing taxpayers for...

New timeline on refugees

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:00 am
In last week’s MP report I committed to providing further updates as they become available with respect to the Liberal Government’s plan to relocate 25,000 refugees to Canada prior to the end of 2015. This week more information has been provided on this topic that continues to be raised...

A better future

Nov 19, 2015 / 6:00 am
Since I was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2011, I have submitted an MP report each week in an effort to better communicate with citizens. When the House of Commons is sitting, it can often be a challenge to try and summarize a week of events in roughly 550 words. This week, because...

The Reform Act (in practice)

Nov 12, 2015 / 1:37 pm
Since my report from last week, all major parties have now had their first full caucus meetings in Ottawa. These first caucus meetings are important for a variety of reasons, but one that will be material to this report is the provisions related to The Reform Act. For those of you unfamiliar...

Update in Ottawa

Nov 5, 2015 / 6:00 am
Ottawa is once again a hub of activity as Members of Parliament arrived to our capital, and for a few days many departing and retiring MP’s will also be in attendance as the changeover occurs. The 42nd Parliament is, so far, a very demanding one on House administration, as there are over 200...

Contacting your MP

Oct 29, 2015 / 6:00 am
The interior of BC now has four new, and two returning, Members of Parliament, one with the incoming government, three with the official opposition, and the two remaining with the third party (as it is frequently referred to within the House of Commons). In some situations, the electoral...

Final MP report

Aug 6, 2015 / 5:00 am
By now chances are you may have heard that last Sunday, August 2nd the writ was dropped in Ottawa thus dissolving the 41st Parliament and beginning the campaign to elect the 42nd Parliament. For more information on the dropping of the writ please see my report from last week. As the...

When a writ is 'dropped'

Jul 30, 2015 / 6:00 am
Even in the heat of summer the Ottawa rumour mill is still continuing to churn out reports on events that may or may not be occurring in our nation’s capital. The latest media speculation circulating is that the writ for our upcoming federal election may be dropped as early as this...

Annual accountability report

Jul 24, 2015 / 6:00 am
It is hard to believe this will be my fourth annual accountability report as time has gone by quickly since being first elected in 2011. Like my previous accountability reports this is a summary of my expenditures over the past fiscal year as the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla. As...

Federal transfers

Jul 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
One subject that sometimes arises that I have not covered in detail previously is transfers from the federal government to provincial governments and territories. The Federal Government has different transfer programs such as the CHT “the Canada Health Transfer”, CST “the...

Medical marijuana ruling

Jul 9, 2015 / 6:00 am
In early June the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a judgement with respect to how medical marijuana may be consumed. A brief summary of this ruling is that the Supreme Court decided that medical marijuana, including extracts and derivatives, could be consumed in a variety of different methods...

Abolish the Senate?

Jul 3, 2015 / 6:00 am
One of my favourite days of the year is Canada Day. For an elected official it provides a unique opportunity to engage with many citizens from many corners of Okanagan-Coquihalla and hear about the many things most loved about our country and also to receive questions and concerns. One question...

41st Parliament is dissolved

Jun 25, 2015 / 6:00 am
Although it has been reported that the 41st Parliament is now dissolved, technically the House stands adjourned and is set to reconvene in September, however as the election writ is expected to be dropped prior it is widely expected that this 41st Parliament will not sit again. The end of any...

Aquatic invasive species

Jun 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
Now retired Speaker of the BC Legislature and local MLA Bill Barisoff once commented that the wheels of government often turn slowly but they do continue to turn. It was over a year ago in one of my April 2014 MP reports that I first referenced the serious concern of aquatic invasive species here...

Senate audit tabled

Jun 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
Although there are a number of events occurring in Ottawa this week, the issue that is dominating most of the media spotlight is the recently released audit of the Senate from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). This audit of the Senate covered the fiscal periods of 2011-2012 and 2012-2013,...
About the Author

Dan Albas has been a Penticton resident since 1981. After attending Okanagan University College, he 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.

He 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, he 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 Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola as their Member of Parliament. He has made good on his commitment to establish a personal blog with his http://www.danalbas.com/dan-in-ottawa-blog site, where he chronicles his activities as the Member of Parliament for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.

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

Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola's MP office
10-2483 Main Street
West Kelowna, BC V4T 2Y8
Email: [email protected]
Phone toll free: 1.800.665.8711
Fax: 250.707.2153

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