Dan in Ottawa

Blocking the block button

Aug 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

Earlier this week on my FaceBook page, I posted my thoughts on the use of social-media blocking by elected officials. The post has generated a fair bit of...

'Burning' wildfire arsonists

Aug 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

The ongoing threat of wildfires is all too common in many parts of British Columbia. When these fires occur, they can cause massive amounts of damage that it is...

Liberals raiding CMHC

Jul 27, 2017 / 11:00 am

Since being elected in 2015, the Liberal government has made numerous changes to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) policy that has made it more...

Banking on dissent

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

The governing Liberals can bank on opposition, at least from this area, over plans for credit unions. In last week’s report, I raised the fact that Ottawa...

Ottawa attacks credit unions

Jul 13, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Sometimes I find Ottawa related media coverage can be frustrating. As an example, you have heard this week one or more stories related to President Trump and...

Omar Khadr: pro or con?

Jul 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

The Fourth of July is Independence Day in the United States. It was also on July 4 this week when it was reported that the Liberal government had agreed to...

PM blaming others

Jun 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

Late last week, the House of Commons adjourned after a raucous final few weeks of vigorous debate. One of the contentious subjects that arose again was...

Senate growing powerful

Jun 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

In last week’s report, I referred to the emerging new dynamic in Ottawa as the increasingly more independent Senate is interfering with the Liberal...

Senators corking wine tax

Jun 15, 2017 / 4:00 pm

In my May 25, 2016 MP Report, I wrote: “If you have been following our Canadian Senate, you may know that a recent effort has been underway by the Liberal...

Canada muscling up?

Jun 8, 2017 / 11:00 am

Canada plans to get more muscular. The Liberal government has announced a new defence policy for Canada. While details are still being revealed, here is some of...

Tax escalator under scrutiny

Jun 1, 2017 / 3:00 pm

One event that seldom gets much media coverage outside Ottawa is committee stage review. Basically, once a bill has passed to second reading in the House of...

MPs can be civil, sometimes

May 25, 2017 / 11:00 am

As much as the House of Commons is often viewed as an adversarial environment there are also those times, albeit rare, when there is unanimous support for the...

Air travellers getting rights?

May 18, 2017 / 3:00 pm

This week, the Liberal government introduced the Air Passenger Bill of Rights in the House of Commons. Technically, these proposed changes are part of Bill...

Don't bank on Liberal idea

May 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

I was asked recently if it is difficult to come up with a different topic every seven days for my weekly MP report to citizens. The challenge is not finding new...

Logging an election issue

May 4, 2017 / 3:00 pm

One of the challenges provincial and federal governments face is communicating policy in a manner easily understood by citizens. This may sound simple, but...

Lumber war looming?

Apr 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

This week, the U.S. administration announced that Canadian softwood lumber will face new duties ranging from three per cent up to 24 per cent. The highest...

Cannabis changes coming

Apr 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Last week, the Liberal government introduced the much anticipated marijuana legalization bill, technically known as Bill C-45 The Cannabis Act. The Liberals...

PM breaks another promise

Apr 13, 2017 / 11:00 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have ticked off another item on their bucket list of broken promises. They set the stage for the latest...

Bombardier still taking flak

Apr 6, 2017 / 3:00 pm

The major theme in Ottawa is still Bombardier after it was reported that six company executives were to receive $32 million in bonuses. As many of you might...

Liberal actions misguided

Mar 30, 2017 / 11:00 am

One aspect of majority governments that is not often discussed is its ability to control timing. Announcements that may not be received positively are often...