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Dan in Ottawa

Liberal actions misguided

Mar 30, 2017 / 11:00 am

One aspect of majority governments that is not often discussed is its ability to control timing. Announcements that may not be received positively are often...

Liberals hike taxes

Mar 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Everyone in Ottawa this week is talking about the budget. This is typically the time where Government promotes what it believes are the benefits of said budget...

Gov. has spending problem

Mar 16, 2017 / 1:00 pm

This week, the House of Commons is adjourned and will resume next week with the much anticipated budget to be delivered on March 22. As is often the case, there...

Trillion-dollar debt

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Canada is accelerating toward a trillion-dollar debt. In late December, the Liberal government quietly released a rather ominous report from the Department of...

Liberals' action prudent

Mar 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

One frustration I experienced in the last Parliament as a member of government was how certain bills and legislation were at times intentionally misrepresented...

An immigration powderkeg

Feb 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

As much as there has been considerable attention on how the new American administration may impact Canada from an economic perspective, overlooked thus far has...

Housing first, not politics

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:00 am

Earlier this week, all eyes were on the White House for the historic first meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau. While no official agreements...

PM breaks promise

Feb 9, 2017 / 3:00 pm

“We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first past the post,” Justin Trudeau said during the...

Tragedy in Quebec

Feb 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

It was my intent this week to cover the topic of employer-provided health benefits potentially being taxed by the Liberal government. This is by far the largest...

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...

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