Dan in Ottawa

Liberals feel entitled

Feb 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

British Columbia wineries have become political pawns — shut out of the Alberta marketplace — in the trade war between the two provinces. I find...

Wine a weapon in trade war

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:00 pm

We have a trade war brewing between duelling NDP governments in B.C. and Alberta. Make no mistake, this provincial trade dispute will have economic...

CRA execs get big bonus

Feb 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

I was shocked this week to learn that the Trudeau Liberal government authorized senior executives at CRA to receive, on average, a $35,000 bonus. In previous...

Canada falls in trade rank

Jan 25, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Business investment peaked in 2014 under the Conservative government and since has declined to where Canada now ranks 16th out of 17 OECD countries. In an early...

Summer jobs confusion

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

There has been some confusion and misunderstanding regarding changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program for students that deserve clarification. This confusion...

U.S. an unruly neighbour?

Jan 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

I was asked recently what I thought would be one the most pressing political issues in 2018. Although my list of possible answers is a lengthy one, ultimately I...

Is PM getting good advice?

Jan 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

It is unusual to have Ottawa related political news occurring this time of year. However, recently the unusual in politics has become the usual. In late...

PM guilty of ethics breach

Dec 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

I had written my MP Report for today, and then we had some breaking news. We learned, in a report released by Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics...

$5.6M will melt away

Dec 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

I was not planning on mentioning the controversy surrounding a temporary ice rink the Liberal government built in front of the Parliament buildings to celebrate...

Trudeau in trade hot seat

Dec 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

The headlines in Ottawa this week were unrelenting: “Trudeau’s trade deal with China turns into an embarrassment,” and “Trudeau breaks...

CRA picks on single moms

Nov 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

CRA continues a disturbing trend The Canada Revenue Agency is picking on single moms. In last week’s report, I referred to challenges single parents,...

CRA a Grinch year round

Nov 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

When former prime minister Stephen Harper introduced the Universal Child Care Benefit program that provided direct financial benefits to parents with kids, it...

Shenanigans in Ottawa

Nov 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

This week in Ottawa, it was revealed that Finance Minister Bill Morneau is now being investigated by the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics...

Tax thriller in Ottawa

Nov 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

The major issue reverberating around Ottawa this week was the release of the Paradise Papers. The Paradise Papers are leaked documents containing the names of...

Should marijuana be legal?

Nov 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Although the finance minister and his assets not held in a blind trust, leaving a potential conflict of interest investigation looming, remains an active in...

Good news, bad news

Oct 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

This week in Ottawa began with the finance minister under fire for failing to place his investments into a blind trust and also refusing to disclose them in the...

Changing positions taxing

Oct 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

On Monday, the Liberal government announced it will abandon some of the proposed tax changes that had generated a considerable amount of concern and opposition...

Another Liberal tax grab?

Oct 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

Social media allows citizens to share comments, questions and concerns with elected officials in real time that can quickly demonstrate a trend. As an example,...

PM's tweet troublesome

Oct 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada — Tweet...

Is tax fairness fair?

Sep 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

Although the subject of the Liberal government's contemplated “tax fairness” measures continues to dominate much of the discussion I am hearing...