Dan in Ottawa

Speaking about the Speaker

Aug 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

This week residents of the Okanagan learned that long term local MLA Bill Barisoff will be retiring from public office at the conclusion of his term in April of...

Listening tour opportunity to discuss past and future issues

Aug 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

Although Canada’s next general election is not schedule to occur until 2015, there could potentially be some major changes that may be of interest to...

The politics of who rather than what

Aug 7, 2012 / 10:02 am

One of the questions I am often asked during my summer listening tour and in particular when meeting with local government representatives is on the differences...

Low taxes and reductions

Jul 31, 2012 / 5:00 am

One aspect of my weekly MP reports that I find very beneficial is that the reports often generate independent discussion from a diverse group of citizens who...

Debunking myths & clarifying facts

Jul 24, 2012 / 8:00 am

As much as it is often suggested that we are increasingly living in an era of information, the amount of misinformation that circulates on a daily basis...

Canada makes UN's top ten list

Jul 17, 2012 / 8:00 am

Most citizens have heard of the serious financial troubles facing countries like Greece, Spain, Italy and the Eurozone in general as cash strapped government...

Ideas for a stronger Canada

Jul 10, 2012 / 9:00 am

My annual summer listening tour is once again proving to be a very valuable exercise in allowing me to hear firsthand the concerns from many of the...

Canada Day: A favourite time of year

Jul 3, 2012 / 5:00 am

One of my favourite times of the year has always been Canada Day. Since becoming a Member of Parliament I have found new meaning to the celebration for all that...

A productive session for a new MP

Jun 26, 2012 / 8:00 am

With the House of Commons rising last Thursday I have now completed my first full year of the Parliamentary cycle. Looking back on the past twelve months it is...

Two sides of a vote for Bill C-38

Jun 19, 2012 / 5:00 am

This week I will be voting in full support of Bill C-38 the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act. My support for this Bill will be a disappointment for...

Supporting our wine industry

Jun 12, 2012 / 5:00 am

The past two weeks have been amongst the most challenging I have yet to encounter in Parliament, largely on account of working to get my private member’s...

Moving Canada forward

Jun 5, 2012 / 5:00 am

Recently there has been a fair amount of discussion over Bill C-38. For those of you unfamiliar with Bill C-38, also known as the Jobs, Growth and Long-term...