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Ron Cannan

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...
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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...

Tax savings for seniors

Sep 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

Our Government has established many tax credits and benefits targeted to seniors aged 65 and up to help reduce their tax burden. So when our Minister of State for Seniors, the Honourable Alice Wong, recently sent along the following information, I thought it would be a good idea to share it with...

School tax relief for students

Aug 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

The September long weekend to me has often meant one last chance to go camping and/or spending time with family and friends before the hustle and bustle of the back to school season kicks in. However, the reality is that it is now more important than ever before to make sure you get a good...

New option for Old Age Security

Aug 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

Many of us are benefiting from advances in health and fitness and as a result, Canadians are living longer. Right here in our beautiful riding of Kelowna-Lake Country, I have had the pleasure of meeting and being inspired by several octogenarians (folks who are 80 going on 60),...

Plain language labelling

Jul 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

Our Kelowna-Lake Country riding recently had the pleasure of hosting my colleague Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who came to Kelowna to announce funding for nine innovative projects that will help children, youth and their families achieve and maintain healthier weights and healthier lifestyles in...

Keeping history alive

Jul 6, 2013 / 5:00 am

All year, I look forward to the summer months so I can get back home and reconnect with as many of you as I can. Canada Day is a good jumping off point and it was good to see so many of you out and about with your families at the various celebrations taking place in our riding of...

High gas prices not a gas

Jun 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

We all feel the frustration when local gas prices take a big jump, and I understand why people write to me questioning whether or not there is fair competition in the marketplace. The federal government has two areas of responsibility when it comes to the price of gas: ensuring fair...

Good news on the horizon

Jun 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

Here’s a bit of good news; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s 2013 Better Life Index just ranked Canada third among 36 countries (34 OECD countries plus Brazil and Russia), up from sixth place last year. The mission of the Organisation for Economic...

Talking to constituents

May 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

Many of you have been asking for my viewpoint on matters regarding the Senate and I appreciate the time constituents have taken to share their views. As a taxpayer I share your concerns and frustrations as to recent events in the Senate of Canada. It is the duty of all elected and...

Protecting Canadian manufacturers

May 11, 2013 / 5:00 am

Ensuring Canadian Manufacturers Are Not Put At A Disadvantage In the early 1970s, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recommended that developed economies grant autonomous and non-reciprocal tariff preferences to developing countries in order...

Renewal of the Building Canada Fund

Apr 21, 2013 / 5:00 am

From a jobs and economic perspective, if I had to choose one federal government initiative that has had a significant impact on our riding, it would be local investments made in infrastructure through the Building Canada fund. Before being elected in 2006, I was a city councillor...
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About the author...

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.

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 Chamber 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, 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.

He is also a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates.

In previous Parliaments Ron has been a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, the Human Resources and Social Development Committee, 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 Co-chair 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, in particular those vintages not readily available through provincial liquor control outlets.  His motion is now a bill before the House of Commons sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which is well on its way to being passed.  Passage of the bill will create awareness and boost sales for some of Canada’s smaller wineries while generating national pride and international recognition of the award winning efforts of Canada’s vintners.
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 Chamber 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, 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.

He is also a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates.

In previous Parliaments Ron has been a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, the Human Resources and Social Development Committee, 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 and daughters Amanda, Ashley and Amy and his grandsons Marcel and Nolan.  His hobbies include music and sports.




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