Dan in Ottawa

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...

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...