Dan in Ottawa

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...

Annual Accountability Report

Nov 6, 2012 / 7:00 am

This week I would like to submit my annual accountability report. It was my intention to do this earlier in the year however it was only late last week that the...

Canada is not for sale

Oct 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

If you believe everything you read on the Internet and some letters to the editor, you have likely heard false and erroneous claims that Canada is essentially...

Rare agreement: welcome change

Oct 23, 2012 / 5:00 am

Never let it be said that democratic diversity is not alive and well in Okanagan-Coquihalla. Each week I am fortunate to receive a significant amount of...

Hold online bullies accountable

Oct 17, 2012 / 6:00 am

With the House of Commons back in session this week there will be a number of different votes occurring largely on Bills that I have referenced in previous...

Questions surround Question Period

Oct 9, 2012 / 8:00 am

As the House of Commons is currently on the Thanksgiving break week until October 15^th there is one area of Parliamentary business that I have yet to discuss...

A new Lieutenant-Governor for BC

Oct 2, 2012 / 5:00 am

One aspect of the weekly Parliament Hill events cycle that I have neglected to mention in my recent reports is Opposition day motions. Also known as...

Fall Session: analyzing issues

Sep 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

Fall Session brings both discussion and analysis of issues. In light of the recent announcement that the BC Legislature would not hold a fall session I wanted...

Fall session starts with Accountability

Sep 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

It was one year ago that I was headed to Ottawa for my first fall session in the House of Commons. The fall sessions have become somewhat legendary over the...