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Dan Albas

The mission against ISIL

Mar 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

The topic of my October 8th MP report from last year was outlining the Government of Canada's intention (subject to a vote in Parliament) to implement a six month deployment in Iraq to join many of our allies engaged in an aerial combat mission against the terrorist organization ISIL. As the...

More than one perspective on taxation

Mar 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

One of the more commonly used terms in Canadian federal political discussions is the “Ottawa bubble” that can have a variety of different meanings, but typically is used to describe the culture on Parliament Hill that is often very different from what exists in many Canadian...

Forgotten victims

Mar 12, 2015 / 6:00 am

As I have stated previously, there is no formal requirement for Members of Parliament to submit reports to citizens nor are there guidelines as to what format or frequency reports to local residents should have. From my perspective, the primary reason why I submit weekly reports is to pass on as...

Individuals and political parties

Feb 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

As I have commented in the past, many of the major issues on Parliament Hill are often very different from the concerns heard back at home. MPs who are suspended from their caucus, satellite office expenses and costs of inappropriate partisan mailings, and most recently an MP floor crossing are...

Seeking input on Supreme Court ruling

Feb 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

I am often surprised at the number of different events occurring each week that can pose a challenge to provide a summary given the limited space available in my weekly columns. One topic that I believe is of interest and concern to all Canadians is last week’s Supreme Court Ruling...

A closer look at MP pensions

Jan 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

Before I begin this week’s report I would like to thank the many citizens who respond each week and in particular for the overwhelming response I received from last week’s report on changes to the MP pension plan. One question that a number of citizens raised is what does the MP pension...

Parliamentary pensions

Jan 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

Next week the House of Common will be back in session as the spring sitting will be underway on Monday, January 26th. Currently the House of Commons is scheduled to sit from January 26th until the end of June with a few break weeks scattered throughout. Normally after the end of June the House...

Voting in the House of Commons

Jan 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

In just over one week the House of Commons will again be in session for the first time in 2015. As 2015 is also an election year, this will be the final sitting of the 41st session of Parliament. As is customary at the end of a year, there have been a number of year end reviews on Parliament,...

Division and exclusion not a solution

Jan 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

This week Canadians were shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal and senseless killing of twelve French citizens in a terrorist attack. Of the twelve victims, ten were journalists and two were police officers. Freedom of the press and as well as law and order are two cherished aspects of any...

Nine bills receive Royal Assent

Dec 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last Friday was the last sitting day of 2014 for the House of Commons as the House breaks for the holiday and allows Members of Parliament time to be back in home ridings before the session resumes in January of 2015. However as is often the case while the House of Commons rises the Canadian Senate...

New regulations & legislation introduced

Dec 11, 2014 / 6:00 am

Late last week I had the pleasure of sending out a news release – for those of you who may have missed it here is the opening few paragraphs: “Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas welcomes new regulations to better protect BC freshwater lakes from invasive species. ...

Bills & motions before House of Commons

Dec 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week is another busy one in Ottawa with large a number of Bills up for debate or votes as well as a motion from the NDP. Thalidomide was a drug briefly approved by Health Canada in 1961 that was intended to provide relief from nausea and other morning sickness related symptoms among pregnant...

A busy week in Ottawa

Nov 27, 2014 / 7:00 am

There have been a number of items occurring in Ottawa this week that are deserving of mention. Most important I believe is a report from Canada’s Auditor General Michael Ferguson describing challenges that some veterans encounter in obtaining mental health services and benefits. I believe all...

Third Annual Accountability Report

Nov 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

As a result of previous positive feedback on what were my first and second accountability reports, I have made the commitment to submit annually to the citizens of Okanagan-Coquihalla a summary of fiscal expenditures over the past year. As in previous reports I will follow the format using...

Honour and reflect

Nov 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

On this week, in what is the eleventh month, on the eleventh day and at the eleventh hour, Canadians will give pause to honour and reflect on the sacrifice of those brave soldiers who have served and continue to serve Canada. Over the past weeks Canada has again collectively grieved at the loss of...

How to support Canadian families

Nov 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

One thing all political parties agree on in Ottawa is the need to provide more support for Canadian families to help offset the considerable costs of raising children. Where there is disagreement is on what is the most effective means on how to achieve this goal that is also further compounded by...

Standing for our values

Oct 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

It has been just over one week since the tragic events in Ottawa and Quebec occurred that have given us all pause to reflect, mourn and in many cases share personal feelings on these disturbing events. In turn I have also received a large amount of feedback from citizens on a variety of issues....

Parliament unified

Oct 24, 2014 / 7:00 am

There may not be words that can convey this week in Ottawa. Having spent close to 10 hours in a hastily secured lock up while emergency responders bravely secured the Parliamentary precinct was an unprecedented experience for all of us. The sound of gunshots, the gunman being killed mere feet...

Issues at home and in Ottawa

Oct 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this is a break week from the House of Commons before the House resumes again on Monday, October 20th, 2014. Also occurring in Ottawa this week is a case that is before the Supreme Court of Canada on assisted suicide. It is unknown at this point if this matter will...

Intense debate in Ottawa

Oct 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week in the House of Commons, a majority of Members of Parliament including Government, Independents and one Green MPs voted in support of a Government motion to engage in a six month aerial combat mission against the terrorist group ISIL. As I believe in the significant importance of this...

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 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


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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