Dan in Ottawa

Reflections on recent events

Apr 16, 2013 / 6:00 am

The House of Commons resumed session this week and what began on a feisty note with the anointment of a new leader for the Liberal Party of Canada has very...

Temporary foreign workers program

Apr 9, 2013 / 5:00 am

Hearing the concerns of citizens is, in my view, one of the most important responsibilities of public office. Why I make a point of personally returning phone...

Member's Statements

Apr 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

Last week was a somewhat unusual one in Ottawa as much of the focus was on SO-31's, otherwise known as "Member's Statements" and the ability...

Economic Action Plan 2013

Mar 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

If there is one thing I have learned in public office, both during my time at City Hall and now as a Member of Parliament, it’s that you will hear from...

What is a citizen's arrest?

Mar 19, 2013 / 8:00 am

One of the trends I have observed with a number of bills and private members bills in Ottawa is that many propose to limit, penalize or otherwise restrict,...

Wireless services in Canada

Mar 12, 2013 / 6:00 am

Recently it was widely reported in the media that Canadians currently face some of the highest wireless cellular rates in the world. Wireless communications is...

Imitation not sincere form of flattery

Mar 5, 2013 / 6:00 am

Last fall I had an opportunity to tour one of the South Okanagan’s largest private sector specialty manufacturing plants. In summary, I was extremely...

Supreme Court and the Senate

Feb 19, 2013 / 5:00 am

One topic that has been very actively discussed recently both on Parliament Hill and in Okanagan-Coquihalla is the Canadian Senate. There are generally three...

Public safety & victims come first

Feb 12, 2013 / 5:00 am

As a first time Member of Parliament I greatly value the advice and wisdom that is often shared with me by more senior and veteran elected officials from all...

The Clarity Act & farewell to the penny

The Clarity Act & farewell to the penny

Feb 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

The Clarity Act is not one that is referenced very often in the cafes and coffee shops that I visit on a regular basis throughout Okanagan-Coquihalla. However,...

Issues and debate

Jan 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

As you may have heard, this week the House of Commons will resume sitting on Parliament Hill for what is expected to be another robust session of debate and...

Taking action on Red Tape

Jan 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week will be the second term inauguration of President Obama. As much as there is often talk on the importance of diversifying Canada’s international...

First Nations diversity

Jan 15, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week I have had a large number of requests for comment regarding the ongoing challenges of the Attawapiskat First Nation, and related events that have...

Talking taxes

Jan 8, 2013 / 5:00 am

January of each year is the opening of “income tax” season– the period of time up until April 30th of 2013 when 2012 income taxes must be...

2012: A busy year for Federal Gov't

Jan 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

As 2012 comes to a close I would like to highlight some of the political milestones that occurred during the past year. While some of these events may not have...

Replacing our aging fleet

Dec 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

I have always been a strong believer in the principle of accountability. It is why I make every effort to ensure that my MP expenses are amongst the lowest in...

Private Member's Business

Dec 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Recently Private Member’s Business has been the subject most frequently raised by a large number of constituents here in Okanagan-Coquihalla. For those of...

Trade & investment debate

Nov 27, 2012 / 5:00 am

Last week was an interesting one on Parliament Hill as trade and foreign investment discussions remain an active topic in the House of Commons as well as in...

Natural resource development

Nov 20, 2012 / 5:00 am

A lot has been said around the discussion of natural resource development over the past several weeks. Whether it is a letter to the editor, a newspaper column...

The importance of commemoration

Nov 13, 2012 / 5:00 am

Since becoming elected as a Member of Parliament I have come to better understand some of the great diversity of our amazing country which we are proud to call...