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Dan in Ottawa

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...

Services & amenities often overlooked

Oct 15, 2013 / 6:00 am

This week I spent Thanksgiving Monday travelling back to Ottawa. Along the way between Okanagan-Coquihalla and our nation’s capital I met many travellers...

New minimum energy light standards

Oct 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

Recently I have had a number of enquiries pertaining to light bulbs - this is not surprising given changes to Canada’s national lighting standards that in...

Respectful dialogue: a stronger Canada

Oct 1, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week I am back in Ottawa attending a number of briefings and meetings related to Okanagan-Coquihalla and also my new duties as Parliamentary Secretary to...

Economic spin offs and employment

Sep 24, 2013 / 5:00 am

In the discussion on the importance of direct jobs and industry, we often hear about the positive economic spin-off affects from a particular industry but...

Back to school

Sep 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

The September long weekend has often been thought of as the “end of summer” given that students will be returning to classes in the days following...

New 2015 Federal Election boundaries

Aug 27, 2013 / 5:00 am

Depending on your level of political interest you may or may not be aware that Federally, much like Provincially, our various regions are divided up into what...

Prorogation explained

Aug 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

The most discussed topic to arise this week is the announcement that the House of Commons will be prorogued reconvening in October instead of mid September as...

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