Dan in Ottawa

Status Quo not tenable

May 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

With the Provincial election now concluded and the respective campaigns left to reflect and ponder the past thirty or so days I was reminded of the campaign I...


May 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week the focus across Canada will be on British Columbia as the Provincial general election will have occurred by the time you read my weekly report. At...

Taking over the CBC?

May 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

Each week I look forward to hearing from dozens, sometimes even hundreds, of different citizens on issues and concerns of importance to them. Although common...

MP mail outs explained

Apr 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

Over this past weekend a local newspaper ran an editorial that ultimately questioned the use of tax dollars for partisan purposes, more specifically for...

Legislation seeks a balance

Apr 23, 2013 / 7:00 am

In light of recent events, this week our Government has moved up 3rd reading debate on Bill S-7: Combating Terrorism Act. Although the Liberals have indicated...

Reflections on recent events

Apr 16, 2013 / 6:00 am

The House of Commons resumed session this week and what began on a feisty note with the anointment of a new leader for the Liberal Party of Canada has very...

Temporary foreign workers program

Apr 9, 2013 / 5:00 am

Hearing the concerns of citizens is, in my view, one of the most important responsibilities of public office. Why I make a point of personally returning phone...

Member's Statements

Apr 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

Last week was a somewhat unusual one in Ottawa as much of the focus was on SO-31's, otherwise known as "Member's Statements" and the ability...

Economic Action Plan 2013

Mar 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

If there is one thing I have learned in public office, both during my time at City Hall and now as a Member of Parliament, it’s that you will hear from...

What is a citizen's arrest?

Mar 19, 2013 / 8:00 am

One of the trends I have observed with a number of bills and private members bills in Ottawa is that many propose to limit, penalize or otherwise restrict,...

Wireless services in Canada

Mar 12, 2013 / 6:00 am

Recently it was widely reported in the media that Canadians currently face some of the highest wireless cellular rates in the world. Wireless communications is...

Imitation not sincere form of flattery

Mar 5, 2013 / 6:00 am

Last fall I had an opportunity to tour one of the South Okanagan’s largest private sector specialty manufacturing plants. In summary, I was extremely...

Supreme Court and the Senate

Feb 19, 2013 / 5:00 am

One topic that has been very actively discussed recently both on Parliament Hill and in Okanagan-Coquihalla is the Canadian Senate. There are generally three...

Public safety & victims come first

Feb 12, 2013 / 5:00 am

As a first time Member of Parliament I greatly value the advice and wisdom that is often shared with me by more senior and veteran elected officials from all...

The Clarity Act & farewell to the penny

Feb 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

The Clarity Act is not one that is referenced very often in the cafes and coffee shops that I visit on a regular basis throughout Okanagan-Coquihalla. However,...

Issues and debate

Jan 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

As you may have heard, this week the House of Commons will resume sitting on Parliament Hill for what is expected to be another robust session of debate and...

Taking action on Red Tape

Jan 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week will be the second term inauguration of President Obama. As much as there is often talk on the importance of diversifying Canada’s international...

First Nations diversity

Jan 15, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week I have had a large number of requests for comment regarding the ongoing challenges of the Attawapiskat First Nation, and related events that have...

Talking taxes

Jan 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

January of each year is the opening of “income tax” season– the period of time up until April 30th of 2013 when 2012 income taxes must be...

2012: A busy year for Federal Gov't

Jan 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

As 2012 comes to a close I would like to highlight some of the political milestones that occurred during the past year. While some of these events may not have...