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Dan Albas

The ins and outs of Parliament

Apr 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Parliament Hill was rocked last week with the devastating news of the unexpected loss of our colleague, the Hon. Jim Flaherty. Media coverage on events in Ottawa tends to be focused on those moments that are most controversial or in many cases out of the norm. Unfortunately as the “out of the...

Foreign worker issues making headlines

Apr 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

The temporary foreign worker program has again made major headlines across British Columbia. This week complaints are centered on a number of fast food restaurants in Victoria. The major complaint was that temporary foreign workers were being offered employment over Canadian workers who were also...

The end of the SIN card?

Apr 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

I have written in previous reports and spoken on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the House of Commons. The feedback from constituents for a number of years has been consistent in supporting tighter regulations that ensure Canadians are provided the first opportunity for employment and that...

Building a bridge between communities

Mar 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

Even as far away as Ottawa the success of the Westbank and Osoyoos First Nations in terms of investment and development are well known. From time to time I am also asked about why Penticton Indian Band has not to date been as successful in attracting similar levels of investment and development....

Impact of trade on local economy

Mar 18, 2014 / 7:00 am

This is the second week of a two week break before the House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday, March 24th. Over the past many days I have travelled throughout Okanagan-Coquihalla and met with many citizens, groups and local government leaders. Last week there was a strong level of enthusiasm...

Free trade & South Korea

Mar 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week our Government announced that negotiations between Canada and South Korea on a free trade agreement have successfully concluded. As is often the case when trade deals are announced there are reactions from a variety of different groups, businesses, individuals, political interests and...

Debate on travel expenses and more

Mar 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

It is another very busy week in Ottawa with a large amount of different but important events that will be challenging to summarize all in this week's report. First I would like to thank the many citizens and groups who took the time to comment on last week`s report regarding invasive species-...

Invasive species costly to environment

Feb 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

Invasive species are sadly not new to Okanagan-Coquihalla. Cattle Ranchers have battled with the loss of valuable grazing lands on account of invasive weeds as much as fruit growers and farmers know the frustration of crop loss as a result of the European Starling. Swimmers and boaters are...

A few points on Budget 2014

Feb 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Each year the Federal Government, along with the Provinces & Territories bring down the annual budget for the upcoming fiscal period. That is always a much anticipated day and typically a very involved week. Budget analysis, reactions and politics are all part of this process as budgets will...

Recent events in Ottawa

Feb 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

For this week's MP report I am going to add some inside perspective on a few recent events that have occurred in Ottawa over the past few weeks. As many of you may have heard, recently the Leader of the Federal Liberal Party made an announcement that effective immediately, all Liberal Senators...

Discussing services for Veterans

Feb 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

The last week has been a busy one on Parliament Hill with far too many topics to raise in the limited space of this week’s report. For that reason I would like to focus on the topic that I believe is of greatest importance and that is veteran services and how that relates to the closure of...

House of Commons resumes

Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

This will be a very busy week given that the House of Commons is again sitting. On Monday I was scheduled for a Member’s statement and was proud to recognize our local athletes who will be participating in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. Competing in both the 2-man and 4-man Bobsled from...

Wireless code of conduct

Jan 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Recently one of our local newspapers in Okanagan-Coquihalla asked an online survey question to readers - the question was a simple one: “Do you support the CRTC’s wireless code of conduct?”. What got my attention was that nearly 70% of those who took part in the survey felt the...

Canada's energy future

Jan 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

Back in a mid November report I asked for input on the subject of pipelines. To my surprise, the amount of feedback I received was not as a strong as I was hoping for. What was not surprising is the comments I did hear back were quite divided with some strongly opposed to all pipelines and others...

The importance of local media

Jan 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

On Monday of this week I read with dismay that the 80-year-old Kamloops Daily News will cease publication within the next two months. I was immediately reminded of July in 2012 when many were equally saddened to learn of the final publication of the Merritt News. Community newspapers not only...

Healthy discussion & local innovation

Dec 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

Recently I was asked how it is determined what subjects will be mentioned in my weekly MP reports. This is a great question and one that I have not covered previously. Since my first day elected as a city councillor I have always made a point of reading emails and returning phone calls from...

Discussing the Reform Act

Dec 10, 2013 / 5:00 am

There have been very few bills that have generated as much discussion, debate and feedback as Bill C-559. This is quite remarkable given that this Private Member's Bill was only tabled into the House late last week and has yet to be deemed votable or to reach second reading. You may ask,...

Annual Accountability Report

Nov 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

As mentioned in a recent MP report, as a result of the positive feedback I received from last year's accountability report this will now become an annual report that I will submit to the citizens of Okanagan-Coquihalla. I will also follow the format used last year including information from the...

The politics of pipelines

Nov 19, 2013 / 8:00 am

This past weekend I participated alongside a group of citizens from the community of Merritt and surrounding areas as part of a search and rescue effort, looking for a missing local resident at Stump Lake Ranch. Sadly, we were not successful in our efforts, but it is heartening that so many local...

On track to a balanced budget

Nov 13, 2013 / 6:00 am

This week the House of Commons is on a five day break as Members of Parliament return home and have the opportunity to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies and gatherings. This year I was at Summerland Memorial park and later joined in gatherings that followed in Penticton, Peachland and...

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


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