Dan in Ottawa

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...

Tax thriller in Ottawa

Nov 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

The major issue reverberating around Ottawa this week was the release of the Paradise Papers. The Paradise Papers are leaked documents containing the names of...

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...