Local teacher honoured

Aug 1, 2015 / 5:00 am
On July 13, 2015 the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to local secondary school teacher Don Bingham of Kelowna. Don is a social studies teacher at Kelowna Secondary School (KSS) and has dedicated a great deal...

Respecting citizenship

Jul 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
A few constituents have written to me concerned by misinformation that dual citizens in Canada are under attack because of legislation that was passed by Parliament to strengthen the integrity of Canadian citizenship. I want to assure constituents it is not the case. In an effort to...

Science funding for UBC-O

Jul 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
As a top priority of the federal government, science and research funding was again front and center when our Minister of State for Science and Technology, the Honourable Ed Holder announced that UBC Okanagan researchers were the recipients of more than $2.6 million in financial grants,...

Protect women and girls

Jun 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
As a father of three grown daughters, I proudly support the action our Government is taking to end all forms of violence against women and girls, including murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls. It was our Government that established the special committee on missing and murdered...

Federal tourism funding

Jun 6, 2015 / 5:00 am
The team at Tourism Kelowna, under the direction of CEO Nancy Cameron, has always done an incredible job of working with local municipalities and Chambers of Commerce to market and promote the Okanagan as a premier destination for travellers. @Tourism_Kelowna for instance provides would-be...

Compassionate care benefits

May 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
A core focus for our Government since our election in 2006 is providing support to Canadians when they need it the most. That is why our Government is enhancing compassionate care benefits in the 2015 balanced budget. Compassionate care benefits, provided through the Employment Insurance...

An enduring friendship

May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
This week many of us caught a glimpse via television and the internet of the activities taking place to mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and honour the more than 7,600 Canadians who sacrificed their lives during the campaign. It is particularly meaningful given that...

Budget 2015

Apr 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
On April 22 Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget (budget.gc.ca). This is the 10th budget tabled since I was elected to serve the fine folks of Kelowna-Lake Country and I am pleased to say it contains positive news. First, it is a balanced budget. Secondly, Canadians are...

Economic highlights

Apr 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
When I get the chance to spend a week or two working back in the riding, as I currently am during Easter break, I like to touch base with companies that impact our local economy to see how they are doing. Recently I sat down with Michael J and Katie from Big White, Pilar Portela CEO of...

Local women shine in National spotlight

Mar 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
Each year, International Women’s Day (March 8th) provides Canadians with the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and their extraordinary potential, across the country and around the world. As we honour and support the women in our communities, I wanted to bring to your...

Tax time

Feb 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
Tax time is not necessarily everyone’s favourite time of year but it might help to know that since 2006, the government has cut taxes over 180 times, reducing the overall tax burden to its lowest level in 50 years and leaving more money in the pockets of hard-working Canadian families and...

Supporting local organizations

Feb 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
This is the time of year when we learn which of our local non-profit organizations have been successful in their applications for federal funding through the granting programs of departments like Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Canadian Heritage. Local organizations support a...

Opportunity for small businesses

Jan 31, 2015 / 5:00 am
It was busy in the riding prior to my return to Parliament for our winter session, which began on January 26th. The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce hosted a very productive pre-budget round table with community business leaders and my colleague, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of...

Gov't supports jobs for students

Jan 10, 2015 / 5:00 am
For many years, Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) has been helping local employers create much-needed summer job opportunities for students. CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses to create summer jobs for full-time students (15 to 30 years old)...

New measures to fight AIS

Dec 20, 2014 / 5:00 am
Several constituents, led by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)’s “Don’t Move a Mussel” campaign, have written to me asking the federal government to move forward with the provinces and territories to ensure our lakes and waterways are protected from aquatic invasive...

The Canada Job Grant

Nov 29, 2014 / 5:00 am
I would like to inform local employers that the new Canada Job Grant program is open for business in British Columbia. The Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs such as tuition and training materials (up to $10,000 from the federal government and $5,000 from...

Assistance for Veterans & CAF personnel

Nov 15, 2014 / 5:00 am
Despite bone chilling winds our hearts were warmed by the record turnout to our local Remembrance Day ceremonies last week. It was a sincere expression of solidarity and support for our Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel. I want to remind local Veterans that if anyone is...

Buy a poppy & support our veterans

Nov 1, 2014 / 5:00 am
I want to remind everyone that this year’s annual poppy campaign organized by Kelowna-Lake Country Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26(Kelowna) and Branch 189(Oyama) is in full swing, and to encourage everyone to lend their support. Under the dedicated leadership of John Broughton, 94 years...

Back in the Riding

Oct 18, 2014 / 5:00 am
I was happy to be back in the riding last week for Thanksgiving, to spend time with family, and to serve the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Kelowna Gospel Mission. Thanks to all the volunteers, staff, and generous donors we were able to feed more than 800 people. I also took the opportunity...

Funding innovative research

Oct 4, 2014 / 5:00 am
Dementia and other brain-related illnesses are a concern for an aging society like our own and that is why the federal government continues to make dementia and other brain related illnesses a priority. On September 12, 2014, my colleague, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, along...

Talking about suicide prevention

Sep 20, 2014 / 5:00 am
Over the past year, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has been actively encouraging all 308 members of Parliament to shine a light on suicide prevention by holding a forum for conversation in their communities. That is why on September 8th, my colleague Dan Albas and I, MC radio...

Minister of Industry working for Canadians

Sep 6, 2014 / 5:00 am
Over the course of the summer, our federal regional minister for British Columbia and Minister of Industry, the Honourable James Moore, has made several announcements that will have a direct impact on folks here in the Okanagan. Removing Barriers to Internal Trade Canada has been...

Keeping seniors active, informed, engaged

Aug 30, 2014 / 5:00 am
No matter your age staying informed, being engaged and keeping active in your community is vital for one’s general well being. It also makes the community itself a healthy and vibrant one, such as we are blessed with here in the Okanagan. Earlier this month I had the honour of hosting my...

Veterans never far from our minds

Aug 16, 2014 / 5:00 am
Veterans are never far from our minds and this August has been a particularly poignant time of remembrance. On August 4th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War which plunged Europe into conflict from 1914 to 1918. Canada’s...

Stable, predictable infrastructure funding

Aug 2, 2014 / 5:00 am
As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) is an important avenue of funding to help municipalities build and revitalize their local public infrastructure, contributing to job creation and economic growth. On July 17th, MLA Norm Letnick, Lake Country Mayor...

Support for clean technology in BC

Jul 19, 2014 / 5:00 am
On July 14th, our Government announced an investment of over $4.1 million under the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) for an innovative clean energy project in British Columbia. The British Columbia Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project supports a shift toward the use of clean energy...

Helping caregivers

Jul 5, 2014 / 5:00 am
Before Parliament recessed to allow MPs to go back to work in their ridings, I had a meeting with Tammy Moore the Interim Chief Executive Officer for ALS Canada, which supports research and advocacy on behalf of individuals and their families who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) a...

Northern Gateway Project: next steps

Jun 21, 2014 / 5:00 am
The decision made on June 17th, 2014 by the federal government on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal was one more step in a process that has significant steps yet to go. Consequently, I believe it will be several years before any construction begins. After reviewing the independent Joint...

Community update

May 24, 2014 / 5:00 am
New Horizons for Seniors Program 2014-2015 call for proposals for community-based projects The Government of Canada is seeking applications for projects that will help Canadian seniors use their leadership abilities, skills and experience to continue to make a difference in their communities...

National Day of Honour

May 7, 2014 / 5:00 am
On May 9th, Canadians across the country will commemorate our military's mission in Afghanistan with a National Day of Honour. The National Day of Honour was decreed by Royal Proclamation as Canada welcomed home the last 84 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were serving in...

The Canadian health transfer

Apr 5, 2014 / 5:00 am
Our Government is committed to a publicly funded, universally accessible health care system founded on the principles of the Canada Health Act. In 2011, our Government announced a major new investment in health care, and committed to continued growth in health transfers to the provinces and...

Update: Kelowna to Vernon Rail Line

Mar 22, 2014 / 5:00 am
As you know, the railway discontinuance process has been top of mind for many folks in the Okanagan. Two weeks ago, I received an early phone call from Kelly Brown, manager of Ashland Canada, to let me know that as of June this year their operations will be closed down. Kelly informed me that...

Fair Elections Act and Voter ID

Mar 8, 2014 / 5:00 am
In response to Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, concerns have been raised that by removing the ability to vouch for someone at the ballot box, as the bill proposes, some Canadians will not be able to exercise their right to vote, especially our most vulnerable citizens including the homeless,...

Balancing the federal budget

Feb 22, 2014 / 5:00 am
Balancing the federal budget has a lot in common with balancing the family budget. We’ve been through some tough times so we’ve had to take out a line of credit to avert emergencies and we’ve been working diligently to get back to balance by setting clear priorities and taking...

Budget 2014

Feb 8, 2014 / 5:00 am
When my colleague the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue paid us a visit in January, we had the opportunity to visit Kelowna International Airport to showcase how $1.25M in federal gas tax funding has been invested locally. Due to this funding contribution, Kelowna...

Light bulb efficiency

Jan 25, 2014 / 5:00 am
As innovators go, Thomas Edison can be counted as one of the greatest: he developed many devices that have impacted life as we know it including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a commercially viable incandescent light bulb. Then as now, that kind of innovation and...

Local Vets win

Dec 7, 2013 / 5:00 am
On November 28th, I was pleased to be able to announce that Kelowna will be retaining a Veterans Affairs Client Service Agent in our community. The news came as a great relief to our local Veterans, especially Legion Volunteer Service Officer Frank Truman. I have had a chance to work with Frank...

WINNs of Change

Nov 16, 2013 / 5:00 am
Our Government recently announced the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative and I’m hopeful that the entrepreneurial engine that drives our local economy here in the Okanagan will benefit. WINN is a $100 million five-year federal initiative that offers repayable contributions to help small-...

Saving the Line

Oct 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna to Vernon rail services ceased operating in July when Kelowna Pacific Railway (KPR) went into receivership. KPR was leasing the rail line from the Canadian National Railway Company (CN). The cessation of rail services has had a serious impact on Ashland Canada’s Kelowna...

October is Women's History Month

Oct 12, 2013 / 5:00 am
October is Women’s History Month in Canada and it was an honour and a pleasure this past week to host our new Minister for the Status of Women Canada and Minister of Labour, the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch. The portfolios that Minister Leitch is responsible for might sound incompatible...
About the Author

The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee. He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. His hobbies include music and sports.

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