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Dan in Ottawa

Citizens deserve to be heard

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

I was asked recently why I write a weekly MP report given that some other members of Parliament don’t. The first reason is due to the fact the federal...

Do you want a carbon tax?

Jul 21, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Last week’s report covering Internet censorship and net neutrality generated a significant amount of feedback with an overwhelming consensus strongly in...

Net neutrality threatened

Jul 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Internet censorship and net neutrality are not top of mind for most people, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve our attention. While most people...

Retirement dreams

Jul 7, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Recently, the federal government announced a tentative deal with most provinces to increase the size of CPP contributions and increase the benefit payments upon...

Searching for justice

Jun 30, 2016 / 6:00 am

One of the things that I have discovered during my time in Ottawa is how frequently any debate on crime related legislation often overlooks the devastating...

Democracy in action

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:00 pm

The House of Commons was scheduled to sit three days this week before adjourning for the summer recess. This allows all MPs to return to their ridings and spend...

Beer debate fizzy

Jun 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

In my June 1 MP report, I referred to the opposition #FreeTheBeer campaign that ultimately means asking the Liberal government to elevate the Comeau case to the...

Death bill scrutinized

Jun 9, 2016 / 1:00 pm

In my May 25 MP report, I speculated on how recent efforts to reform the Senate to become more politically independent could result in the upper house causing...

Free the beer

Jun 1, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Recently, in my capacity as the Official Opposition critic for inter-provincial trade, I held a news conference with Opposition Deputy Leader Dennis Lebel to...

Sober second thought

May 26, 2016 / 12:00 am

This week is the final constituency week where MPs are back in their home ridings before returning to Ottawa on Monday, May 30 for what will be the longest...

Best electoral system?

May 19, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Seldom will a week go by while the House of Commons is in session without hearing the all too familiar suggestion that “democracy is under attack”....

Time allocation

May 12, 2016 / 6:00 am

Ottawa has once again been a busy week as a number of debates have been occurring while bills progress through the House in some cases assisted by the Liberal...

Fort McMurray

May 5, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Our thoughts are with Fort McMurray residents Our thoughts and prayers this week are with our neighbours in Fort McMurray, Alberta, who have been devastated by...

Timely access to benefits

Apr 28, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Constituency week This week is a constituency week, meaning the House of Commons is adjourned while Members of Parliament are back in our home ridings. For...

Assisted death debate

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Bill C-14 - medical assistance in dying In two previous MP reports, I have asked for feedback on the subject of medically assisted dying, in response to the...

Bank crisis: Bail in?

Apr 15, 2016 / 6:40 am

Bail in or bail out In my previous two MP reports, I covered several concerns related to the recent 2016 Federal Budget, and in turn have received excellent...

Our aging population

Apr 7, 2016 / 12:00 pm

In last week’s report, I raised concerns that Government budgets, such as the recent Liberal Federal budget, often focus too much on short term thinking...

A 'gift' of debt to your kids

Mar 31, 2016 / 6:58 am

When any level of Government releases an annual budget, the focus is often on what programs and projects will receive increased or decreased funding. Seldom is...

Budget 2016

Mar 24, 2016 / 6:08 pm

This week the Liberal Government tabled the first budget for the 42nd Parliament in Ottawa. As some may recall during the recent election, the Liberals...

Of death and dying

Mar 17, 2016 / 7:00 am

Seeking feedback on death and dying This week is a constituency week. This means the House is not sitting, as Members of Parliament are back in their ridings...

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