Dan in Ottawa

Should marijuana be legal?

Nov 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Although the finance minister and his assets not held in a blind trust, leaving a potential conflict of interest investigation looming, remains an active in...

Good news, bad news

Oct 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

This week in Ottawa began with the finance minister under fire for failing to place his investments into a blind trust and also refusing to disclose them in the...

Changing positions taxing

Oct 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

On Monday, the Liberal government announced it will abandon some of the proposed tax changes that had generated a considerable amount of concern and opposition...

Another Liberal tax grab?

Oct 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

Social media allows citizens to share comments, questions and concerns with elected officials in real time that can quickly demonstrate a trend. As an example,...

PM's tweet troublesome

Oct 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada — Tweet...

Is tax fairness fair?

Sep 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

Although the subject of the Liberal government's contemplated “tax fairness” measures continues to dominate much of the discussion I am hearing...

Kudos to Lib backbenchers

Sep 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

I am going to begin this week by crediting a few backbench members of the Liberal caucus in Ottawa. A few of these MPs have been quietly voicing displeasure...

Did Trudeau misspeak?

Sep 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

The proposed tax changes being contemplated by the Trudeau Liberal government remain the single largest concern that I hear about on a daily basis. Although I...

Dear prime minister

Sep 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

Mr. Prime Minister, I would like welcome you and the Liberal caucus to Kelowna. I trust your caucus retreat will be constructive and I hope you have some time...

Was shuffle good idea?

Aug 31, 2017 / 11:00 am

This week, the prime minister shuffled his cabinet. Although media often portray cabinet shuffles as a type of crisis-level event, there are many reasons why a...

Is tax fairness fair?

Aug 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

It is difficult to turn on the news these days without hearing yet another media story about the United States administration. Even the most trivial of...

Mired in bureaucracy

Aug 17, 2017 / 1:00 pm

‎As a member of Parliament, I am often contacted by citizens requesting assistance with applications they have to submit to the federal government. Whether...

Blocking the block button

Aug 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

Earlier this week on my FaceBook page, I posted my thoughts on the use of social-media blocking by elected officials. The post has generated a fair bit of...

'Burning' wildfire arsonists

Aug 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

The ongoing threat of wildfires is all too common in many parts of British Columbia. When these fires occur, they can cause massive amounts of damage that it is...

Liberals raiding CMHC

Jul 27, 2017 / 11:00 am

Since being elected in 2015, the Liberal government has made numerous changes to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) policy that has made it more...

Banking on dissent

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

The governing Liberals can bank on opposition, at least from this area, over plans for credit unions. In last week’s report, I raised the fact that Ottawa...

Ottawa attacks credit unions

Jul 13, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Sometimes I find Ottawa related media coverage can be frustrating. As an example, you have heard this week one or more stories related to President Trump and...

Omar Khadr: pro or con?

Jul 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

The Fourth of July is Independence Day in the United States. It was also on July 4 this week when it was reported that the Liberal government had agreed to...

PM blaming others

Jun 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

Late last week, the House of Commons adjourned after a raucous final few weeks of vigorous debate. One of the contentious subjects that arose again was...

Senate growing powerful

Jun 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

In last week’s report, I referred to the emerging new dynamic in Ottawa as the increasingly more independent Senate is interfering with the Liberal...