Dan in Ottawa

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...

Keeping politics out of the office

May 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last week was an unusually partisan one in the House of Commons - even by Ottawa standards. At issue was the Standing Committee on Procedure & House Affairs...

Presenting petitions

May 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last week a group of concerned local citizens dropped of a petition to my Penticton office on “The Right to Save Seeds”– this petition, signed...

Honouring our brave Canadians

May 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week will be a slightly shortened one in Ottawa as the House will be adjourned on Friday for Members of Parliament to attend National Day of Honour...

All opinions matter

Apr 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

If you have been following the Fair Elections Act debate in Ottawa you may have heard alarmist language applied from opposition and media that this bill is an...

Forced to relive a tragedy

Apr 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

One of many things I have learned in my time as a Member of Parliament is that when it comes to serious acts of senseless violence and the traumatic loss of...

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...

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...

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...