MP Report

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

Winemakers contributing to economy

Mar 16, 2013 / 5:00 am

Take a few grapes, crush them, bottle the elixir and voila, you have a recipe for some great economic success. The British Columbia Wine Institute, which is...

Gov't helping Canadians with disabilities

Mar 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

On March 8th, I will be participating in the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)’s Kelowna Strategies to Employment Forum on...

A National Code for wireless services

Feb 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

When it comes to cell phone bills and wireless contracts we’ve all felt at one time or another like pulling our hair out. And what about the horror...

Canada Summer Jobs 2013

Feb 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

I don’t know about you but as a student growing up in Edmonton, looking for a summer job, I would head over to the Summer Hire-A-Student office. I was...

Plenty to be thankful for

Dec 22, 2012 / 5:00 am

There is a story by Zona Gale called Christmas, first published in 1912, which tells the tale of a town hit by hard times as the season of giving approaches....

Navigating Canadian Waters

Dec 8, 2012 / 5:00 am

I wish to share information with constituents regarding the changes proposed to the Navigable Waters Protection Act in Bill C-45. As a Kelowna city...

Petitions and benefits

Nov 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

Petitions are Fundamental to the Democratic Participation of Constituents A petition is an instrument of the democratic process, available to all...

Our vow to Veterans

Nov 10, 2012 / 5:00 am

Each year the faces of our Veterans change. Those who fought in the wars of the last century grow fewer replaced by younger men and women who have served in...

Celebrating science and technology

Oct 13, 2012 / 5:00 am

I recently had the opportunity to meet Ryan Holmes who is an Okanagan success story in innovation and technology. Ryan attended Okanagan College (OC) and is...

Our richest resource

Sep 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

Recently, I received a note from Shelagh Turner, the dedicated and hard-working Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna &...