Dan in Ottawa

Some encouraging news

Apr 5, 2018 / 3:00 pm

As members of Her Majesty's Official Opposition, it is part of our job to hold the government to account. As many who follow my weekly MP reports will know,...

Climate only a talking point

Mar 29, 2018 / 11:00 am

There are so many news events going on in Ottawa on a weekly basis that some events may be overlooked especially when the revelations of a Facebook data breach...

Libs don't have a plan

Mar 22, 2018 / 11:00 am

The week, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released an analysis of the most recent Liberal government budget. While sharp and measured...

It's tax time

Mar 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

This is a reminder that in a little over a month, April 30, most Canadians need to complete and file their 2017 income tax returns to avoid potential late...

PM doesn't deserve credit

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Last week, I wrote about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to India and addressed some criticisms that had been levied. For example, there were...

Budget of broken promises

Mar 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Liberal government introduced the 2018 budget this week. As is customary in Canadian democracy, it is the role of the Liberal government to promote what it...

Trudeau mis-spoke, again

Feb 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting/vacationing in India, a fact that has drawn some criticism from a variety of different sources. The first criticism...

Liberals feel entitled

Feb 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

British Columbia wineries have become political pawns — shut out of the Alberta marketplace — in the trade war between the two provinces. I find...

Wine a weapon in trade war

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:00 pm

We have a trade war brewing between duelling NDP governments in B.C. and Alberta. Make no mistake, this provincial trade dispute will have economic...

CRA execs get big bonus

Feb 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

I was shocked this week to learn that the Trudeau Liberal government authorized senior executives at CRA to receive, on average, a $35,000 bonus. In previous...

Canada falls in trade rank

Jan 25, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Business investment peaked in 2014 under the Conservative government and since has declined to where Canada now ranks 16th out of 17 OECD countries. In an early...

Summer jobs confusion

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

There has been some confusion and misunderstanding regarding changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program for students that deserve clarification. This confusion...

U.S. an unruly neighbour?

Jan 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

I was asked recently what I thought would be one the most pressing political issues in 2018. Although my list of possible answers is a lengthy one, ultimately I...

Is PM getting good advice?

Jan 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

It is unusual to have Ottawa related political news occurring this time of year. However, recently the unusual in politics has become the usual. In late...

PM guilty of ethics breach

Dec 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

I had written my MP Report for today, and then we had some breaking news. We learned, in a report released by Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics...

$5.6M will melt away

Dec 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

I was not planning on mentioning the controversy surrounding a temporary ice rink the Liberal government built in front of the Parliament buildings to celebrate...

Trudeau in trade hot seat

Dec 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

The headlines in Ottawa this week were unrelenting: “Trudeau’s trade deal with China turns into an embarrassment,” and “Trudeau breaks...

CRA picks on single moms

Nov 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

CRA continues a disturbing trend The Canada Revenue Agency is picking on single moms. In last week’s report, I referred to challenges single parents,...

CRA a Grinch year round

Nov 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

When former prime minister Stephen Harper introduced the Universal Child Care Benefit program that provided direct financial benefits to parents with kids, it...

Shenanigans in Ottawa

Nov 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

This week in Ottawa, it was revealed that Finance Minister Bill Morneau is now being investigated by the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics...