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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Truth and reconciliation

Jun 4, 2015 / 6:00 am

A number of events are occurring in Ottawa on and around Parliament Hill this week. One event that I believe is of interest to all Canadians are ceremonies...

Program supports veterans

May 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

I can now provide more information on the program that I referenced in last week's MP report. Last Friday I joined the Minister of Employment and Social...

Listening is important

May 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

This week is the final constituency week before the House of Commons adjourns in late June for what is expected to be the final sitting of the 41st Parliament....

Dissolution and Order Paper

May 14, 2015 / 6:00 am

This has been an interesting week on Parliament Hill given a few well publicized verbal gaffes from two opposition party leaders. While I am frequently asked to...

Citizen communications

May 7, 2015 / 6:00 am

Recently I was contacted by a media organization to do an interview on the subject of Government advertising. While I was not available at the requested time, I...

King of Jordan visit

Apr 30, 2015 / 6:00 am

One thing that can be said about events on Parliament Hill is that no two weeks are ever the same. All Parliamentarians were sad to learn this week of the...

A balanced budget...

Apr 23, 2015 / 6:00 am

This week our Government introduced the 2015 budget. One of the most significant aspects of this budget is that it is balanced with a $1.4 Billion surplus that...

International relationships

Apr 16, 2015 / 6:00 am

This week Canada hosted Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India for an official visit. For many Canadians this was a rare and exciting opportunity to see a world...

Canada's Student Grants

Apr 9, 2015 / 6:00 am

For this week and next the House of Commons will not be sitting as MPs have two weeks to spend back in home ridings prior to the final stretch that save for one...

Update from Parliament Hill

Apr 2, 2015 / 6:00 am

While the overnight temperature in Ottawa continues to be well below zero, the temperature inside the house has been steadily rising with vigorous debate on a...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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