Dan in Ottawa

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...

Discussing local CBC concerns

Aug 13, 2013 / 5:00 am

Many citizens are familiar with the term “urban legend” that applies to stories and events that are suggested as being true or factually accurate,...

Jobs & skills training: national interest

Jul 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

As I shared in a recent report roughly one month ago, Canada Day is my favourite day of the year in large part because it is that one special day when we, as a...

Policies matter to local economy

Jul 24, 2013 / 5:00 am

The summer constituency break from the House of Commons for Members of Parliament is often referred to as the “BBQ Season”, although I have yet to...

Ministers important to this member

Jul 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

As you may have already heard, one of the larger media stories out of Ottawa this week focused on the subject of Monday’s cabinet shuffle. For political...

Hewers of wood

Jul 9, 2013 / 7:00 am

Although Forestry falls under Provincial jurisdiction it is important to recognize the importance of this industry to all levels of Government that also...

Questions about the Senate

Jun 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

Without question, one of the most frequently raised concerns that I hear from citizens of Okanagan-Coquihalla, pertains to the Canadian Senate, and by...

Bizarre week in Ottawa

Jun 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

Last week was perhaps one of the most unusual I have yet encountered on Parliament Hill. A bizarre incident occurred late in the week when a national news...