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Dan in Ottawa

King of Jordan visit

Apr 30, 2015 / 6:00 am

One thing that can be said about events on Parliament Hill is that no two weeks are ever the same. All Parliamentarians were sad to learn this week of the...

A balanced budget...

Apr 23, 2015 / 6:00 am

This week our Government introduced the 2015 budget. One of the most significant aspects of this budget is that it is balanced with a $1.4 Billion surplus that...

International relationships

Apr 16, 2015 / 6:00 am

This week Canada hosted Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India for an official visit. For many Canadians this was a rare and exciting opportunity to see a world...

Canada's Student Grants

Apr 9, 2015 / 6:00 am

For this week and next the House of Commons will not be sitting as MPs have two weeks to spend back in home ridings prior to the final stretch that save for one...

Update from Parliament Hill

Apr 2, 2015 / 6:00 am

While the overnight temperature in Ottawa continues to be well below zero, the temperature inside the house has been steadily rising with vigorous debate on a...

The mission against ISIL

Mar 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

The topic of my October 8th MP report from last year was outlining the Government of Canada's intention (subject to a vote in Parliament) to implement a six...

More than one perspective on taxation

Mar 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

One of the more commonly used terms in Canadian federal political discussions is the “Ottawa bubble” that can have a variety of different meanings,...

Forgotten victims

Mar 12, 2015 / 6:00 am

As I have stated previously, there is no formal requirement for Members of Parliament to submit reports to citizens nor are there guidelines as to what format...

Individuals and political parties

Feb 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

As I have commented in the past, many of the major issues on Parliament Hill are often very different from the concerns heard back at home. MPs who are...

Seeking input on Supreme Court ruling

Feb 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

I am often surprised at the number of different events occurring each week that can pose a challenge to provide a summary given the limited space available in...

A closer look at MP pensions

Jan 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

Before I begin this week’s report I would like to thank the many citizens who respond each week and in particular for the overwhelming response I received...

Parliamentary pensions

Jan 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

Next week the House of Common will be back in session as the spring sitting will be underway on Monday, January 26th. Currently the House of Commons is...

Voting in the House of Commons

Jan 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

In just over one week the House of Commons will again be in session for the first time in 2015. As 2015 is also an election year, this will be the final sitting...

Division and exclusion not a solution

Jan 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

This week Canadians were shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal and senseless killing of twelve French citizens in a terrorist attack. Of the twelve...

Nine bills receive Royal Assent

Dec 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last Friday was the last sitting day of 2014 for the House of Commons as the House breaks for the holiday and allows Members of Parliament time to be back in...

New regulations & legislation introduced

Dec 11, 2014 / 6:00 am

Late last week I had the pleasure of sending out a news release – for those of you who may have missed it here is the opening few paragraphs: ...

Bills & motions before House of Commons

Dec 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week is another busy one in Ottawa with large a number of Bills up for debate or votes as well as a motion from the NDP. Thalidomide was a drug briefly...

A busy week in Ottawa

Nov 27, 2014 / 7:00 am

There have been a number of items occurring in Ottawa this week that are deserving of mention. Most important I believe is a report from Canada’s Auditor...

Third Annual Accountability Report

Nov 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

As a result of previous positive feedback on what were my first and second accountability reports, I have made the commitment to submit annually to the citizens...

Honour and reflect

Nov 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

On this week, in what is the eleventh month, on the eleventh day and at the eleventh hour, Canadians will give pause to honour and reflect on the sacrifice of...

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