Dan in Ottawa

Another broken Lib promise

Nov 29, 2018 / 11:00 am

During the 2015 election campaign Justin Trudeau made a promise, and I quote directly: "In 2019/20, we will balance the budget.” Last Thursday,...

Report a game changer?

Nov 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

I hosted a community town hall in West Kelowna, last Friday. I host these forums so citizens can hold me to account and so I can hear what concerns are on...

StatsCan wants banking info

Nov 15, 2018 / 11:00 am

Canadians are concerned that Statistics Canada wants to take their banking information without their permission. In my late October MP report, I referred to the...

Carbon tax disaster

Nov 8, 2018 / 6:00 am

There was more attention than usual on U.S. politics this week as many watched the results of the U.S. mid-term elections. In Washington State, there also was a...

Libs' tactics Orwellian

Nov 1, 2018 / 11:00 am

I have been overwhelmed by citizens asking what can be summarized by the following question: “Is it true that Statistics Canada is demanding access to...

B.C. misses tax break

Oct 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

You may have seen or heard media reports regarding a carbon tax rebate plan announced by the Trudeau Liberal Government. What is this new carbon tax rebate...

Crude plan for oil delivery

Oct 18, 2018 / 4:00 pm

The National Energy Board reported in June that crude oil-by-rail exports from Canada set a new record of 204,558 barrels a day. Industry analysts predict that...

Bank without infrastructure

Oct 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

With so much Canadian media reporting on the recent appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, many Canadian stories got lost in the shuffle. One story I...

Is the price too high?

Oct 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

Canadians learned this week that Canada has negotiated a draft NAFTA agreement with the United States and Mexico. The new agreement, subject to ratification, is...

Opposition targets Liberals

Sep 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

An unusual event occurred in the House of Commons, this week. On Tuesday, the Conservative Official Opposition tabled a motion: “That, given the Prime...

Canada at cross roads

Sep 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

I was recently honoured to be named as the Opposition shadow minister for innovation, science, economic development and internal trade. This new role is one I...

Immigration fuels frustration

Sep 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

One local concern I am hearing more about is the growing frustration from those waiting for applications to be processed related to citizenship and immigration...

PM's effort came up short

Sep 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

Early last week, the federal minister of natural resources stated his Liberal government had “done extensive consultation” and had gone "beyond...

PM playing games?

Aug 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

If you have been following Ottawa-based politics, you may have heard speculation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might prorogue the House of Commons, as the...

Invasion of the mussels

Aug 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

I have often said that the wheels of Ottawa turn quite slowly. One of the issues I worked on in the last Parliament was the need to establish a regulatory...

Libs didn't give all the facts

Aug 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

In my weekly MP reports, I often close with a question related to the subject of the report. I do this for a number of different reasons, most importantly...

Tweet causes tantrum

Aug 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

Social media, in particular Twitter, has become an increasingly powerful force for political communication as we hear almost daily media reports on tweets from...

Libs backpedal on carbon

Aug 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

The national carbon tax has been one of the signature policies of the Trudeau Liberal government. However, Saskatchewan is refusing to implement the federally...

Buck stops with Dan

Jul 26, 2018 / 11:00 am

I was just asked by a local citizen what my views were on a report from the Samara Centre for Democracy. He was concerned about the idea that...

Shuffling the political deck

Jul 19, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet, an event that typically creates a strong reaction among parliamentary media, political watchers and pundits...