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Dan in Ottawa

PM breaks another promise

Dec 3, 2020 / 11:50 am

It may seem difficult to believe today, but there was once a time when Parliament was a highly secretive place where citizens had no access to what occurred...

More hot air from PM?

Nov 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

The House of Commons is sitting in Ottawa in a hybrid format, this week. One of the Liberal governments signature bills — Bill C-12 — has come...

We should ban Huawei

Nov 19, 2020 / 1:13 pm

I last referred to the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei in January 2019. In that weekly report, I mentioned that this technology company, aside from...

Liberals actions troubling

Nov 12, 2020 / 12:08 pm

Last week, with so much Canadian media attention focused on the American election, many events in Ottawa did not receive the headlines they might have. The...

Do you stream?

Nov 5, 2020 / 6:00 am

One of the oldest tactics of government is to release potentially unpopular or embarrassing information late on a Friday afternoon. This was a tactic to...

Pandemic consequences

Oct 29, 2020 / 11:00 am

Each week, when the House of Commons is in session, I attempt to provide an overview on some of the events going on. Sometimes MPs will know well in advance...

PM lacks confidence

Oct 22, 2020 / 6:00 am

As I write this week’s report, we are in a tense situation in Ottawa as there is a serious threat of a possible fall election. This raises the obvious...

Single-use plastic ban

Oct 15, 2020 / 11:00 am

One of the challenges for any government is what is referred to as “getting your message out.” For example, with so many different media stories in...

What are your priorities?

Oct 8, 2020 / 11:00 am

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau having prorogued Parliament, a situation was created where the government must now start over in submitting bills and...

Massive failure by PM

Oct 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

Before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament in August, it was not set to resume regular sittings until Sept. 21 Once the PM broke his promise not...

PM: Deja vu all over again

Sep 24, 2020 / 11:00 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recycled his broken promises into the Liberal government throne speech Wednesday. For those unfamiliar with what a throne speech...

Poor forecast for VHF?

Sep 17, 2020 / 11:00 am

The Okanagan VHF weather transmitter network might be turned off. People who operate a VHF radio will no doubt know that, for many decades, Environment Canada...

MP in shadow cabinet

Sep 10, 2020 / 6:00 am

Erin O’Toole, the new Official Opposition leader, appointed his shadow cabinet this week. I have been honoured to be named as shadow minister for...

Your information isn't safe

Sep 3, 2020 / 11:00 am

In my November 2018 MP report, I focused on newly discovered revelations that Statistics Canada was: “demanding access to certain Canadians personal...

Libs hide EI accounts status

Aug 27, 2020 / 6:46 am

I am writing from Ottawa because the House of Commons special COVID-19 Committee was scheduled to sit this week and we would have the opportunity to hold the...

PM breaks another promise

Aug 20, 2020 / 6:00 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Governor General Julie Payette to prorogue Parliament. What does this mean? Prorogation is a parliamentary procedure...

PM hiding from Parliament?

Aug 13, 2020 / 6:00 am

Back in May, the Trudeau Liberal government announced its preference for four summer sittings of the House of Commons' special COVID committee. These...

COVID app not perfect

Aug 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

There are times, despite efforts to the contrary, that government at all levels end up running into situations where there is a no-win scenario. Case in point,...

Winery taxes popping?

Jul 30, 2020 / 6:00 am

While it would be relatively easy to cover the latest developments of the WE Charity Foundation, I would rather focus on outcomes of government policies. More...

Response to COVID-19

Jul 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

The House of Commons reconvened briefly this week to allow Parliament to pass Bill C-20: “An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures.” Bill C-20...

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