Dan in Ottawa

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Being clear on the public trust

Nov 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

Hearing from constituents is in my view a critically important part of elected office. Many citizens take the time to offer constructive advice that can help...

Opinions abound on Parliament Hill

Oct 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

In the course of the past seven days since the 2nd session of this 41st Parliament began, seven Bills have already been introduced to the House of Commons. The...

A busy week in Ottawa

Oct 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

The past week has been a very busy one as the House of Commons began a new session of Parliament that included a Speech from the Throne and shortly after our...