Dan in Ottawa

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...

Back to school

Sep 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

The September long weekend has often been thought of as the “end of summer” given that students will be returning to classes in the days following...

New 2015 Federal Election boundaries

Aug 27, 2013 / 5:00 am

Depending on your level of political interest you may or may not be aware that Federally, much like Provincially, our various regions are divided up into what...

Prorogation explained

Aug 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

The most discussed topic to arise this week is the announcement that the House of Commons will be prorogued reconvening in October instead of mid September as...

Discussing local CBC concerns

Aug 13, 2013 / 5:00 am

Many citizens are familiar with the term “urban legend” that applies to stories and events that are suggested as being true or factually accurate,...

Jobs & skills training: national interest

Jul 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

As I shared in a recent report roughly one month ago, Canada Day is my favourite day of the year in large part because it is that one special day when we, as a...

Policies matter to local economy

Jul 24, 2013 / 5:00 am

The summer constituency break from the House of Commons for Members of Parliament is often referred to as the “BBQ Season”, although I have yet to...

Ministers important to this member

Jul 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

As you may have already heard, one of the larger media stories out of Ottawa this week focused on the subject of Monday’s cabinet shuffle. For political...

Hewers of wood

Jul 9, 2013 / 7:00 am

Although Forestry falls under Provincial jurisdiction it is important to recognize the importance of this industry to all levels of Government that also...

Questions about the Senate

Jun 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

Without question, one of the most frequently raised concerns that I hear from citizens of Okanagan-Coquihalla, pertains to the Canadian Senate, and by...

Bizarre week in Ottawa

Jun 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

Last week was perhaps one of the most unusual I have yet encountered on Parliament Hill. A bizarre incident occurred late in the week when a national news...

Hold MP's to account: Open Parliament

Jun 11, 2013 / 5:00 am

As I write this week’s report to you it happens to be tax freedom day. This is the day where your combined tax bill from all levels of Government is...

New code to bring wireless relief

Jun 4, 2013 / 6:00 am

In my March 12th MP report I touched on the subject of Canada’s wireless communication industry and the fact that Canadian consumers pay some of the...

The other side of the senate

May 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

The Senate and expenses of individual Senator’s continues to be the single most discussed topic I have heard from local citizens throughout my travels...

Status Quo not tenable

May 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

With the Provincial election now concluded and the respective campaigns left to reflect and ponder the past thirty or so days I was reminded of the campaign I...


May 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

This week the focus across Canada will be on British Columbia as the Provincial general election will have occurred by the time you read my weekly report. At...

Taking over the CBC?

May 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

Each week I look forward to hearing from dozens, sometimes even hundreds, of different citizens on issues and concerns of importance to them. Although common...

MP mail outs explained

Apr 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

Over this past weekend a local newspaper ran an editorial that ultimately questioned the use of tax dollars for partisan purposes, more specifically for...