Dan in Ottawa

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...

Taxes - unfair?

Mar 10, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Some of the more significant issues that arise out of Ottawa do not originate from within the House of Commons. This is certainly the case this week, when news...

On budgets, Friday sittings

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:00 pm

On budgets and Friday sittings It should never be forgotten that elected officials work for the public, and should be accountable to the people we collectively...

Seeking your input

Feb 25, 2016 / 3:56 pm

Each week, I am thankful for the significant amount of feedback on my weekly MP report. This feedback often contains suggestions for future reports, which I...

Spending priorities

Feb 18, 2016 / 5:00 am

Since my last report, we have passed the first 100 days in office since the new Liberal Government was sworn into power. As is customary, this 100 day milestone...

ISIS: Mission in flux

Feb 11, 2016 / 9:08 pm

This week is a constituency week: The House of Commons is not sitting after having been in session for the previous two weeks. The House will resume next week...

Energy a contentious issue

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:58 pm

Energy/labour debates dominate In last week’s MP report I wrote, “On Wednesday, the Liberal Government announced a new pipeline review process, and...

A national unity crisis?

Jan 28, 2016 / 12:25 pm

The buzz coming out of Ottawa this week is talk of a national unity crisis. This comes after Montreal Mayor Dennis Coderre announced strong opposition to the...

Canada and terrorism

Jan 21, 2016 / 8:51 pm

This past week, the world was horrified to learn of yet another terror attack, this time in Burkina Faso, where roughly 30 citizens, including six Canadians...