Dan in Ottawa

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...

Liberals hike taxes

Mar 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Everyone in Ottawa this week is talking about the budget. This is typically the time where Government promotes what it believes are the benefits of said budget...

Gov. has spending problem

Mar 16, 2017 / 1:00 pm

This week, the House of Commons is adjourned and will resume next week with the much anticipated budget to be delivered on March 22. As is often the case, there...

Trillion-dollar debt

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Canada is accelerating toward a trillion-dollar debt. In late December, the Liberal government quietly released a rather ominous report from the Department of...

Liberals' action prudent

Mar 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

One frustration I experienced in the last Parliament as a member of government was how certain bills and legislation were at times intentionally misrepresented...

An immigration powderkeg

Feb 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

As much as there has been considerable attention on how the new American administration may impact Canada from an economic perspective, overlooked thus far has...

Housing first, not politics

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:00 am

Earlier this week, all eyes were on the White House for the historic first meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau. While no official agreements...

PM breaks promise

Feb 9, 2017 / 3:00 pm

“We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first past the post,” Justin Trudeau said during the...

Tragedy in Quebec

Feb 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

It was my intent this week to cover the topic of employer-provided health benefits potentially being taxed by the Liberal government. This is by far the largest...