Dan in Ottawa

MP opposes CPP expansion

Oct 27, 2016 / 3:00 pm

In my July 6 MP report, I discussed the many proposed changes by the Liberal Government to increase Canada’s CPP system. That report can be found at...

Ideas worthy of support

Oct 20, 2016 / 3:00 pm

It has been suggested that if you are an elected representative, the worst day in government is still preferable than the best day in opposition. Although I am...

Do we need the CBC?

Oct 13, 2016 / 11:00 am

One of the things I enjoy the most about representing the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola is the diversity of the region that ranges from rural,...

PM creates Ottawa buzz

Oct 6, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created some buzz in Ottawa this week. He announced the Liberal government will enforce a national carbon tax on provinces and...

Liberals make good decision

Sep 29, 2016 / 11:00 am

When I was re-elected as an MP and became a member of the Official Opposition, I made a few commitments publicly that were important to me. One was not just to...

Costly moves in Ottawa

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

This week, the House of Commons is back after the summer recess and it did not take long for the usual Ottawa dynamic to get back into full swing. One of the...

Postal pandemonium

Sep 15, 2016 / 12:00 pm

In 2014, Canada Post announced it would end door-to-door mail delivery service for one-third of Canadians who still received the service. This became a...

Debt eroding economy

Sep 8, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Canada’s economy is facing a brisk head wind. Recently, Statistics Canada released the GDP, income and expenditure report for Canada’s second...

Great men leave the stage

Sep 1, 2016 / 11:00 am

was saddened to learn of the passing of Fred King of Kaleden, a Second World War veteran and retired member of Parliament. He was a kind, caring man who gave...

Standoff over health accord

Aug 25, 2016 / 3:00 pm

This week, much of the news coming out of Ottawa has been focused on extravagant and wasteful spending involving Liberal cabinet ministers. The spending relates...

Sharing, and saving money

Aug 18, 2016 / 2:00 pm

I was once told it is important to recognize 100,000 scheduled flights take off and land each day without drawing any media attention. The flights that do not...

Another war on science?

Aug 11, 2016 / 5:00 pm

During the last federal election, I made a point of attending almost every public all-candidates forum that my schedule would allow. I believe I missed only two...

Elites picking elites

Aug 4, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Canadians should take an active interest in how the Liberal government plans to appoint judges to our Supreme Court. When a government announces a new process,...

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...