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Dan in Ottawa

Changes to your taxes

Apr 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

Normally at this time of year I would be referencing the April 30 deadline to file your personal income tax. Instead, I will be outlining the changes that have...

Confusion over student aid

Apr 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

This week, not unlike last week, and the week before, the government has announced another “Emergency Assistance” program. This latest program is...

Team Canada approach best

Apr 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

In many ways, the ongoing responses coming out of Ottawa resembles the movie Groundhog Day. In this case, the government makes a major program announcement only...

Proud of West Kelowna

Apr 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

Most elected officials learn to develop a thick skin as criticisms and personal insults/attacks are an unfortunate by-product of public office. This situation...

Ottawa's new plan

Apr 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

After some delay, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced more information about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, this week. The new proposal...

Do you need help?

Mar 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

As I write this, we have just finished a special, all-night session of Parliament, passing Bill C-13 — An Act respecting certain measures in response to...

Virus problem is spreading

Mar 19, 2020 / 11:34 am

When I first wrote about COVID-19 three weeks ago, there were 33 confirmed cases in Canada: 20 in Ontario 12 in British Columbia One in Quebec. Last week,...

World faces a pandemic

Mar 12, 2020 / 11:00 am

It has been seven days since my report on the COVID-19 virus. Since then, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the virus outbreak is now a...

Current state of COVID-19

Mar 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

Although the House of Commons is not sitting this week, the prime minister announced that he is assembling a “COVID-19” cabinet committee to help...

Covered in case of cancer

Feb 27, 2020 / 11:00 am

One of the challenges with so many different events occurring in Ottawa is that some become overlooked. This occurred last week as the third party opposition...

Pipeline: who to listen to?

Feb 20, 2020 / 11:00 am

In Ottawa, the issue drawing the most debate are the illegal blockades in several areas around Canada, relating to the approval of the $6-billion, 670 kilometre...

Liberal energy inequality

Feb 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

This week the House of Commons is adjourned to allow for MPs to be back home in our ridings where we can meet with local citizens and other groups and...

Minority gov'ts don't last

Feb 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

It is interesting to note that this minority parliament is the 14th minority in Canadian history. Many of Canada’s previous minority governments have...

Liberal plan faces audit

Jan 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

With Parliament now actively underway, the new dynamics of having a minority government are beginning to become more defined. Back in late December, despite the...

Airport security changes fly

Jan 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

One of the subjects that has been raised in many recent media headlines is renewed concerns of the expanded rights of United States border agents working in the...

Challenges with right to die

Jan 16, 2020 / 11:00 am

Before I begin my MP report, I would like to take a moment on behalf of the citizens of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola to express sincere condolences to...

Be proactive against mussels

Jan 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

Recently the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that a project would be undertaken on the Fraser River to remove an abandoned...

Story of 2 cabinet ministers

Jan 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

In the spirit of the holiday season, I have decided to share a tale of two different cabinet ministers from my time as a member of Parliament. In my first year...

Liberal deficit skyrocketing

Dec 19, 2019 / 11:00 am

Although the House was sitting last week for the first time since June, it stands adjourned again for the regular winter break until Jan. 27. This week, the...

Liberals held to account

Dec 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

With the House sitting, there are more events to share than can be summarized in my weekly report. However, there is one event in particular that I believe...

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