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Dan in Ottawa

Carbon tax increases tied to higher home heating costs

Carbon tax increases tied to higher home heating costs

Dec 1, 2022 / 11:00 am

When I first was elected as a Member of Parliament, I soon discovered it was not uncommon for citizens to share personal documents with me on issues they were...

What was legal opinion that changed mind of CSIS director?

What was legal opinion that changed mind of CSIS director?

Nov 24, 2022 / 11:00 am

In late April, I wrote about the government invoking the Emergencies Act. I pointed out many of the reasons the majority of Liberal and NDP MPs cited to justify...

More transparency needed from Health Canada

More transparency needed from Health Canada

Nov 17, 2022 / 11:00 am

I have increasingly heard from parents with young children, concerned about a serious shortage of children’s pain relief medicine at local pharmacies and...

Government promises of 'small' deficits not being kept

Government promises of 'small' deficits not being kept

Nov 10, 2022 / 11:00 am

Late last week, the federal government released a fall economic statement, promoted as a “mini-budget”. Why? One can assume it was a clever play on...

Another large interest rate hike will really hurt

Another large interest rate hike will really hurt

Nov 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

Ottawa is a very busy place this week with many different topics dominating media stories. The ongoing inquiry into the federal government invoking the...

Canadians feeling financially squeezed by inflation, taxes and rising interest rates

Canadians feeling financially squeezed by inflation, taxes and rising interest rates

Oct 27, 2022 / 11:00 am

Early this week, I was contacted by a local journalist for reaction to reports the government delegation headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend the...

Impact of inflation on our food budgets

Impact of inflation on our food budgets

Oct 20, 2022 / 11:00 am

Canadians awoke to news this week that Canada’s rate of inflation means prices will continue to rise at a rate of 6.9%. The upside, according to some...

MP Dan Albas steps away from Conservative shadow cabinet

MP Dan Albas steps away from Conservative shadow cabinet

Oct 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

If you follow Canadian politics closely, you may have heard Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre, announced his new shadow cabinet on Wednesday. Off the...

Ethical lapses used to mean resignation

Ethical lapses used to mean resignation

Oct 6, 2022 / 11:00 am

During the years of the Conservative majority government, lead by Stephen Harper, I was fortunate to serve as the parliamentary secretary to Treasury Board....

Tories call on government to stop raising federal carbon tax

Tories call on government to stop raising federal carbon tax

Sep 29, 2022 / 11:00 am

With the House of Commons back in session, Opposition Day is back. Opposition days, also known as “supply days” are where the opposition parties can...

'Challenges' with way new dental program rolled out

'Challenges' with way new dental program rolled out

Sep 22, 2022 / 11:00 am

This week, the House of Commons is back in session in Ottawa. The government has introduced two bills intended to provide relief for some Canadian families...

Concerns about latest federal help for Canadians

Concerns about latest federal help for Canadians

Sep 15, 2022 / 11:00 am

In my last column, I referenced the recent news that the Bank of Canada had once again increased its benchmark interest rate (also called the “overnight...

The impact of rising interest rates on Canadians

The impact of rising interest rates on Canadians

Sep 8, 2022 / 11:00 am

Canadians woke up to news this week that the Bank of Canada has once again increased its benchmark interest rate (also called the “overnight rate”),...

Government tax policies driving jobs out of Canada

Government tax policies driving jobs out of Canada

Sep 1, 2022 / 11:00 am

Since the partnership between the Liberals and NDP was formed back in late March of this year, one of the joint political messages has been “tax the...

Will government accelerate new lithium mine projects?

Will government accelerate new lithium mine projects?

Aug 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

This week there was, on the surface at least, exciting news reported by CTV that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Government of Canada...

Identity theft on the rise in Canada

Identity theft on the rise in Canada

Aug 18, 2022 / 11:00 am

For most Canadians identity theft is a concern however, unless you have personally been a victim of identity theft, most are unaware how serious the...

No answers to questions about the ArriveCan app

No answers to questions about the ArriveCan app

Aug 11, 2022 / 11:00 am

As my summer listening tour continues throughout our region, a concern I continue to hear about is the government’s ongoing requirement that the ArriveCan...

Listening to constituents' concerns

Listening to constituents' concerns

Aug 4, 2022 / 11:00 am

Since I was first elected I have used the summer months generally passing on speaking opportunities and embarking on a listening tour throughout the riding to...

Farmers express fertilizer cut concerns

Farmers express fertilizer cut concerns

Jul 28, 2022 / 11:00 am

If you follow online new sources, you may have run across a few headlines this week on the theme of “(Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau pushes ahead with...

Why was Trudeau here?

Why was Trudeau here?

Jul 21, 2022 / 11:00 am

This week, the Prime Minister made a rare, largely unannounced, surprise visit to the Okanagan. Normally, an official visit by a Prime Minister occurs to make...

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