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Dan in Ottawa

Showcasing success

Jul 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

In late 2012 the community of Attawapiskat became a household name in large part due to a housing related crisis and again more recently on news that the former...

Connecting with Canadians

Jul 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last week I wrote an MP report on a variety of subjects that also included the concern of interest groups using the courts on issues that they often fail to...

What is the supremacy of Parliament?

Jul 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

To date I have been greatly enjoying my summer listening tour– the opportunity to meet with citizens, organizations and employers firsthand is very...

The sounds of summer

Jul 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

The first week of my summer listening tour has been a very productive and interesting one. Many of the citizens I have spoken to have diverse views and also...

Thoughts on Canada Day 2014

Jul 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Canada Day long weekend is easily my favourite time of year. It’s when Canadians from all walks of life join together in celebration for all that we...

Temporary foreign worker program

Jun 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

This past week the Government announced significant changes to many classifications within the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP). Reaction to these...

Courage and sacrifice

Jun 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

As I submit my MP reports on a weekly basis often the number of events that can occur within a seven day time frame are significant and difficult to fit into a...

Midnight sittings, drug recalls & gas tax

May 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week is another very active one in Ottawa. On Monday our Government tabled a motion to extend the House of Commons sitting hours until midnight each...

Keeping politics out of the office

May 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last week was an unusually partisan one in the House of Commons - even by Ottawa standards. At issue was the Standing Committee on Procedure & House Affairs...

Presenting petitions

May 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Last week a group of concerned local citizens dropped of a petition to my Penticton office on “The Right to Save Seeds”– this petition, signed...

Honouring our brave Canadians

May 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week will be a slightly shortened one in Ottawa as the House will be adjourned on Friday for Members of Parliament to attend National Day of Honour...

All opinions matter

Apr 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

If you have been following the Fair Elections Act debate in Ottawa you may have heard alarmist language applied from opposition and media that this bill is an...

Forced to relive a tragedy

Apr 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

One of many things I have learned in my time as a Member of Parliament is that when it comes to serious acts of senseless violence and the traumatic loss of...

The ins and outs of Parliament

Apr 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Parliament Hill was rocked last week with the devastating news of the unexpected loss of our colleague, the Hon. Jim Flaherty. Media coverage on events in...

Foreign worker issues making headlines

Apr 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

The temporary foreign worker program has again made major headlines across British Columbia. This week complaints are centered on a number of fast food...

The end of the SIN card?

Apr 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

I have written in previous reports and spoken on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the House of Commons. The feedback from constituents for a number of...

Building a bridge between communities

Mar 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

Even as far away as Ottawa the success of the Westbank and Osoyoos First Nations in terms of investment and development are well known. From time to time I am...

Impact of trade on local economy

Mar 18, 2014 / 7:00 am

This is the second week of a two week break before the House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday, March 24th. Over the past many days I have travelled...

Free trade & South Korea

Mar 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week our Government announced that negotiations between Canada and South Korea on a free trade agreement have successfully concluded. As is often the case...

Debate on travel expenses and more

Mar 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

It is another very busy week in Ottawa with a large amount of different but important events that will be challenging to summarize all in this week's...

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