Dan in Ottawa

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...

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...

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...

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...

House of Commons and elected office

Oct 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

It was my intention this week to provide a further update on Canada’s current non-combat deployment in Iraq, a subject last referenced in my September...

Input matters

Sep 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

As a week can go in Ottawa, this has been a very interesting one on Parliament Hill but as is often the case, some issues are widely reported over in favour of...

Debate resumes in Parliament

Sep 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

This has been a very busy week in Ottawa as the 2nd session of 41st Parliament is again underway. Some of the Bills before the House this week include Senate...

Parliament set to resume next week

Sep 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

Next week the House of Commons will again be in session as the fall sitting gets underway with a heavy schedule from now until late December. While there will...

Criticism and government

Sep 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

Over this past summer I have been fortunate to receive some favourable comments in a local editorial on my work as a Member of Parliament and also have been the...

Neighbours make a difference

Aug 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

For those of you who follow my reports frequently you may recall a previous incident I reported on that involved a dance instructor located in the Merritt area...

Opportunity exists in our own backyard

Aug 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

The subject of internal trade has been a prominent one recently in large part as our Government has recently launched the "One Canada, one national...

First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Aug 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

Recently I have received a number of inquiries on the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. In large, part the comments have been raised over the financial...

Showcasing success

Jul 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

In late 2012 the community of Attawapiskat became a household name in large part due to a housing related crisis and again more recently on news that the former...

Connecting with Canadians

Jul 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last week I wrote an MP report on a variety of subjects that also included the concern of interest groups using the courts on issues that they often fail to...

What is the supremacy of Parliament?

Jul 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

To date I have been greatly enjoying my summer listening tour– the opportunity to meet with citizens, organizations and employers firsthand is very...

The sounds of summer

Jul 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

The first week of my summer listening tour has been a very productive and interesting one. Many of the citizens I have spoken to have diverse views and also...

Thoughts on Canada Day 2014

Jul 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Canada Day long weekend is easily my favourite time of year. It’s when Canadians from all walks of life join together in celebration for all that we...

Temporary foreign worker program

Jun 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

This past week the Government announced significant changes to many classifications within the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP). Reaction to these...

Courage and sacrifice

Jun 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

As I submit my MP reports on a weekly basis often the number of events that can occur within a seven day time frame are significant and difficult to fit into a...

Midnight sittings, drug recalls & gas tax

May 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week is another very active one in Ottawa. On Monday our Government tabled a motion to extend the House of Commons sitting hours until midnight each...