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Dan in Ottawa

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...

WE have a problem

Jul 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized this week for not having recused himself from a cabinet decision where he was in conflict of interest. The cabinet...

Fiscal sticker shock

Jul 9, 2020 / 6:00 am

The country wanted a fiscal update, but the Liberal government delivered a fiscal snapshot. There was a growing demand for a fiscal update of the federal...

Happy Canada Day!

Jul 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

Canada Day has long been one of my favourite days of the year. It is the one day where we, as a country, come together to celebrate all that makes us proud...

CERB clawback confusion

Jun 25, 2020 / 11:00 am

Some citizens currently receiving the CERB benefit were shocked and alarmed to receive news this week that they “will not receive a (CERB) payment when...

Heading back in to work

Jun 18, 2020 / 11:00 am

This week, the government announced that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by a further eight weeks, which means the benefits will...

Liberals engineer failure?

Jun 11, 2020 / 11:00 am

As I write this week’s report, the House of Commons special COVID committee has just adjourned until next week. The Liberal government was to introduce a...

Is Parliament a priority?

Jun 4, 2020 / 11:00 am

When the Canadian Emergency Reponse Benefit (CERB) program was launched, government of Canada civil servants estimated the total costs of the program would be...

Weakened accountability

May 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

This has been a highly unusual time in Ottawa. Last week the leader of the Bloc Quebecois threatened the Liberal government. What was the threat? That the Bloc...

At risk of CERB claw back

May 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

In my report last week, I referenced media reports on public servants being directed to ignore potential cases of fraud for the Canadian Emergency Response...

Should we ignore fraud?

May 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

There are now currently 7.7 million Canadians collecting the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) across Canada. This CERB benefit program was one that...

Strong opinion on gun ban

May 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

I do not normally issue a “spoiler alert” in my weekly reports. However, this week I will focus on the recently announced semi-automatic rifle ban...

Changes to your taxes

Apr 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

Normally at this time of year I would be referencing the April 30 deadline to file your personal income tax. Instead, I will be outlining the changes that have...

Confusion over student aid

Apr 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

This week, not unlike last week, and the week before, the government has announced another “Emergency Assistance” program. This latest program is...

Team Canada approach best

Apr 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

In many ways, the ongoing responses coming out of Ottawa resembles the movie Groundhog Day. In this case, the government makes a major program announcement only...

Proud of West Kelowna

Apr 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

Most elected officials learn to develop a thick skin as criticisms and personal insults/attacks are an unfortunate by-product of public office. This situation...

Ottawa's new plan

Apr 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

After some delay, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced more information about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, this week. The new proposal...

Do you need help?

Mar 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

As I write this, we have just finished a special, all-night session of Parliament, passing Bill C-13 — An Act respecting certain measures in response to...

Virus problem is spreading

Mar 19, 2020 / 11:34 am

When I first wrote about COVID-19 three weeks ago, there were 33 confirmed cases in Canada: 20 in Ontario 12 in British Columbia One in Quebec. Last week,...

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