Standoff over health accord

Aug 25, 2016 / 3:00 pm
This week, much of the news coming out of Ottawa has been focused on extravagant and wasteful spending involving Liberal cabinet ministers. The spending relates to thousands of dollars spent on luxury limousine service, paid access to an elite airport lounge and revelations of an expensive...

Sharing, and saving money

Aug 18, 2016 / 2:00 pm
I was once told it is important to recognize 100,000 scheduled flights take off and land each day without drawing any media attention. The flights that do not successfully take off and land become the focus of media stories, and often speculation, very quickly. The context of this analogy was...

Another war on science?

Aug 11, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Photo: Getty Images During the last federal election, I made a point of attending almost every public all-candidates forum that my schedule would allow. I believe I missed only two forums, one of which was not even in my riding. At one forum, the former government, of which I was a...

Elites picking elites

Aug 4, 2016 / 1:00 pm
Canadians should take an active interest in how the Liberal government plans to appoint judges to our Supreme Court. When a government announces a new process, it is scrutinized and criticized by the opposition. Often, the same process will receive praise from those who are friends and...

Citizens deserve to be heard

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm
I was asked recently why I write a weekly MP report given that some other members of Parliament don’t. The first reason is due to the fact the federal government is so vast, there is no shortage of policies, bills and legislation to inform citizens about. The second reason is my...

Do you want a carbon tax?

Jul 21, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Last week’s report covering Internet censorship and net neutrality generated a significant amount of feedback with an overwhelming consensus strongly in support of net neutrality. I would like to thank the many citizens who took the time to share their support for this topic and in many...

Net neutrality threatened

Jul 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Internet censorship and net neutrality are not top of mind for most people, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve our attention. While most people are familiar with the concept of Internet censorship, many are less familiar with net neutrality. The concept of net neutrality is that...

Retirement dreams

Jul 7, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Recently, the federal government announced a tentative deal with most provinces to increase the size of CPP contributions and increase the benefit payments upon retirement. Because this announcement was made when many other events were occurring on Parliament Hill, some details were not as well...

Searching for justice

Jun 30, 2016 / 6:00 am
One of the things that I have discovered during my time in Ottawa is how frequently any debate on crime related legislation often overlooks the devastating impact that serious crime has on the victims and their families. Recently, many citizens have contacted me to express outrage that a man...

Democracy in action

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:00 pm
The House of Commons was scheduled to sit three days this week before adjourning for the summer recess. This allows all MPs to return to their ridings and spend the summer working locally and being in touch with their constituents. As this was the first full spring session of the 42nd...

Beer debate fizzy

Jun 16, 2016 / 6:00 am
In my June 1 MP report, I referred to the opposition #FreeTheBeer campaign that ultimately means asking the Liberal government to elevate the Comeau case to the Supreme Court for constitutional clarification. For a quick refresher, New Brunswick charged Gerard Comeau for importing beer and...

Death bill scrutinized

Jun 9, 2016 / 1:00 pm
In my May 25 MP report, I speculated on how recent efforts to reform the Senate to become more politically independent could result in the upper house causing significant delays to government bills. Bill C-14, the medical assistance in dying bill, left the House of Commons and it now appears...

Free the beer

Jun 1, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Recently, in my capacity as the Official Opposition critic for inter-provincial trade, I held a news conference with Opposition Deputy Leader Dennis Lebel to announce a new Free the Beer campaign. Since that time, I have heard overwhelming support from citizens all across Canada strongly in...

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...
About the Author

Dan Albas has been a Penticton resident since 1981. After attending Okanagan University College, he chose 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 2006-07 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 5,656 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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