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Dan in Ottawa

What's our Trump effect?

Jan 26, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Concerns I raised Nov. 10 about the effect Donald Trump would have on Canada are even more concerning today. In the Nov. 10 MP report, I speculated, among other...

Where has the money gone?

Jan 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

If you follow my weekly reports, you know I find it frustrating when much of the Ottawa bubble is consumed by isolated issues that overshadow important...

PM's vacation still hot

Jan 12, 2017 / 3:00 pm

The two major stories out of Ottawa this week revolve around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly revealed vacation details followed by news of a small...

Liberals' burning issue

Jan 5, 2017 / 1:00 pm

One challenge of being in government is having a core message overshadowed or buried by unintended events, sometimes of its own making. Such was the case back...

Deju vu all over again

Dec 22, 2016 / 11:00 am

2016 in review Over the next few weeks. most media organizations will feature year in review related articles and columns. It's also important to review the...

Another broken promise?

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:00 am

“2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system." Many might or may not recall this election promise...

Pipeline good for all

Dec 8, 2016 / 3:00 pm

I am always mindful of an old quote that suggests “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do.” It is why I often...

Bank a bad investment

Dec 1, 2016 / 3:01 pm

Most of the noise in Ottawa this week has been from the outrage related to a statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the passing of Cuban dictator Fidel...

Senators take rare stand

Nov 24, 2016 / 11:00 am

Canadians tend not to hear much in the media about our Senate unless it involves a spending scandal. This week, a group of Conservative senators made the rare...

Our debt is growing

Nov 17, 2016 / 3:00 pm

This week, I had a second opportunity to speak in opposition to the Liberal Government’s budget implementation bill. Aside from the fact that the Liberal...

What happens now?

Nov 10, 2016 / 3:00 pm

This week, Canadians woke up to the generally unexpected and surprising news that Donald Trump will soon occupy the White House. On top of this, the Republican...

Liberal policy killing jobs

Nov 3, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Last week, I outlined the concerns I had with expanding CPP at the present time that resulted in my opposing it. The CBC has since uncovered and released...

MP opposes CPP expansion

Oct 27, 2016 / 3:00 pm

In my July 6 MP report, I discussed the many proposed changes by the Liberal Government to increase Canada’s CPP system. That report can be found at...

Ideas worthy of support

Oct 20, 2016 / 3:00 pm

It has been suggested that if you are an elected representative, the worst day in government is still preferable than the best day in opposition. Although I am...

Do we need the CBC?

Oct 13, 2016 / 11:00 am

One of the things I enjoy the most about representing the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola is the diversity of the region that ranges from rural,...

PM creates Ottawa buzz

Oct 6, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created some buzz in Ottawa this week. He announced the Liberal government will enforce a national carbon tax on provinces and...

Liberals make good decision

Sep 29, 2016 / 11:00 am

When I was re-elected as an MP and became a member of the Official Opposition, I made a few commitments publicly that were important to me. One was not just to...

Costly moves in Ottawa

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

This week, the House of Commons is back after the summer recess and it did not take long for the usual Ottawa dynamic to get back into full swing. One of the...

Postal pandemonium

Sep 15, 2016 / 12:00 pm

In 2014, Canada Post announced it would end door-to-door mail delivery service for one-third of Canadians who still received the service. This became a...

Debt eroding economy

Sep 8, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Canada’s economy is facing a brisk head wind. Recently, Statistics Canada released the GDP, income and expenditure report for Canada’s second...

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