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Dan in Ottawa

Fool for the carbon tax?

Apr 18, 2019 / 11:00 am

On April Fool's Day, the carbon tax rate in British Columbia was increased from $35 a tonne to $40. This translates to an increase on the carbon tax you pay...

Libs support the wealthy

Apr 11, 2019 / 6:00 am

This week's report will be a short one. Chances are you have heard of the giant grocery retailer that is owned by Canada's second wealthiest family, the...

Lib MPs booted from party

Apr 4, 2019 / 11:00 am

The last seven days have not been like any that I have experienced in my time on Parliament Hill. The release of an audio recording of a conversation between...

Read budget fine print

Mar 28, 2019 / 6:00 am

In last week’s report, I provided some highlights on the recent 2019 budget and asked citizens if they liked what they saw in the budget. I also made a...

Budget deficit balloons

Mar 21, 2019 / 11:00 am

The Liberal 2015 campaign promise was to deliver three years of "modest" $10 billion deficits with a return to a balanced budget in 2019. This week,...

On a wing and a prayer

Mar 14, 2019 / 11:00 am

Although this is a constituency week with the House of Commons recessed, much attention remains on Parliament Hill for a few important reasons. Public safety...

Libs high on cannabis bill

Mar 7, 2019 / 11:00 am

There a lot of attention focused on Parliament Hill even though Parliament is in recess until March 18. The focus is on the Justice Committee, which is hearing...

MP's testimony shocking

Feb 28, 2019 / 6:00 am

As I sit down to write my weekly report, I must admit to being at a loss for words. Earlier on Parliament Hill, former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould...

Scandal still roiling

Feb 21, 2019 / 11:00 am

Last week, I summarized the developing situation surrounding the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould from PM Justin Trudeau's cabinet. There are growing...

Another Liberal controversy

Feb 14, 2019 / 6:00 am

If you have followed any Canadian media reports this week, you have likely heard about the growing controversy within the Trudeau Liberal government. In...

PM sticks foot in mouth

Feb 7, 2019 / 11:00 am

This week, my Summerland office was visited by someone living on a fixed income concerned about being unable to afford the monthly gas bill. This individual...

Is Huawei a threat?

Jan 31, 2019 / 6:00 am

If you follow virtually any Canadian news source you have likely heard about the Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei. Recently, I was asked why there was...

Guide to better eating

Jan 24, 2019 / 11:00 am

This week, the newly updated Canada Food Guide was released. The previous guide had been unchanged for 12 years. The new food guide takes a very different...

Remember, CRA is waiting

Jan 17, 2019 / 6:00 am

January is the start of “income tax season” – the period until April 30 when your income taxes must be filed with the Canada Revenue Agency....

CPP complaints

Jan 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

Your CPP take-home pay will eventually go up, but it'll cost you. Last week, I wrote about higher CPP premiums that will increase from 4.95 per cent up to...

There's only one taxpayer

Jan 3, 2019 / 11:00 am

It was not long into the new year when a citizen shared with me an email they received from their employer stating: Statutory Canada Pension Plan (CPP)...

Air-passenger protection?

Dec 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

Earlier this week, the federal government announced the most recent update on the proposed air passenger protection regulations. Although this current proposal...

Laws, they are a'changing

Dec 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

This is the final week the House of Commons will sit for 2018 before resuming in late January. This week will also be the last time the current 42nd Parliament...

Illegal or irregular?

Dec 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

There are unusual things happening in Canada right now. This week, we learned that a song written in 1944, Baby It’s Cold Outside, will no longer be...

Another broken Lib promise

Nov 29, 2018 / 11:00 am

During the 2015 election campaign Justin Trudeau made a promise, and I quote directly: "In 2019/20, we will balance the budget.” Last Thursday,...

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