Dan in Ottawa

Invasive species costly to environment

Feb 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

Invasive species are sadly not new to Okanagan-Coquihalla. Cattle Ranchers have battled with the loss of valuable grazing lands on account of invasive weeds as...

A few points on Budget 2014

Feb 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Each year the Federal Government, along with the Provinces & Territories bring down the annual budget for the upcoming fiscal period. That is always a much...

Recent events in Ottawa

Feb 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

For this week's MP report I am going to add some inside perspective on a few recent events that have occurred in Ottawa over the past few weeks. As many of...

Discussing services for Veterans

Feb 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

The last week has been a busy one on Parliament Hill with far too many topics to raise in the limited space of this week’s report. For that reason I would...

House of Commons resumes

Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

This will be a very busy week given that the House of Commons is again sitting. On Monday I was scheduled for a Member’s statement and was proud to...

Wireless code of conduct

Jan 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Recently one of our local newspapers in Okanagan-Coquihalla asked an online survey question to readers - the question was a simple one: “Do you support...

Canada's energy future

Jan 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

Back in a mid November report I asked for input on the subject of pipelines. To my surprise, the amount of feedback I received was not as a strong as I was...

The importance of local media

Jan 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

On Monday of this week I read with dismay that the 80-year-old Kamloops Daily News will cease publication within the next two months. I was immediately reminded...

Healthy discussion & local innovation

Dec 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

Recently I was asked how it is determined what subjects will be mentioned in my weekly MP reports. This is a great question and one that I have not covered...

Discussing the Reform Act

Dec 10, 2013 / 5:00 am

There have been very few bills that have generated as much discussion, debate and feedback as Bill C-559. This is quite remarkable given that this Private...

Annual Accountability Report

Nov 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

As mentioned in a recent MP report, as a result of the positive feedback I received from last year's accountability report this will now become an annual...

The politics of pipelines

Nov 19, 2013 / 8:00 am

This past weekend I participated alongside a group of citizens from the community of Merritt and surrounding areas as part of a search and rescue effort,...

On track to a balanced budget

Nov 13, 2013 / 6:00 am

This week the House of Commons is on a five day break as Members of Parliament return home and have the opportunity to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies...

Being clear on the public trust

Nov 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

Hearing from constituents is in my view a critically important part of elected office. Many citizens take the time to offer constructive advice that can help...

Opinions abound on Parliament Hill

Oct 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

In the course of the past seven days since the 2nd session of this 41st Parliament began, seven Bills have already been introduced to the House of Commons. The...

A busy week in Ottawa

Oct 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

The past week has been a very busy one as the House of Commons began a new session of Parliament that included a Speech from the Throne and shortly after our...

Services & amenities often overlooked

Oct 15, 2013 / 6:00 am

This week I spent Thanksgiving Monday travelling back to Ottawa. Along the way between Okanagan-Coquihalla and our nation’s capital I met many travellers...

New minimum energy light standards

Oct 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

Recently I have had a number of enquiries pertaining to light bulbs - this is not surprising given changes to Canada’s national lighting standards that in...

Respectful dialogue: a stronger Canada

Oct 1, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week I am back in Ottawa attending a number of briefings and meetings related to Okanagan-Coquihalla and also my new duties as Parliamentary Secretary to...

Economic spin offs and employment

Sep 24, 2013 / 5:00 am

In the discussion on the importance of direct jobs and industry, we often hear about the positive economic spin-off affects from a particular industry but...