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Dan in Ottawa

On budgets, Friday sittings

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:00 pm

On budgets and Friday sittings It should never be forgotten that elected officials work for the public, and should be accountable to the people we collectively...

Seeking your input

Feb 25, 2016 / 3:56 pm

Each week, I am thankful for the significant amount of feedback on my weekly MP report. This feedback often contains suggestions for future reports, which I...

Spending priorities

Feb 18, 2016 / 5:00 am

Since my last report, we have passed the first 100 days in office since the new Liberal Government was sworn into power. As is customary, this 100 day milestone...

ISIS: Mission in flux

Feb 11, 2016 / 9:08 pm

This week is a constituency week: The House of Commons is not sitting after having been in session for the previous two weeks. The House will resume next week...

Energy a contentious issue

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:58 pm

Energy/labour debates dominate In last week’s MP report I wrote, “On Wednesday, the Liberal Government announced a new pipeline review process, and...

A national unity crisis?

Jan 28, 2016 / 12:25 pm

The buzz coming out of Ottawa this week is talk of a national unity crisis. This comes after Montreal Mayor Dennis Coderre announced strong opposition to the...

Canada and terrorism

Jan 21, 2016 / 8:51 pm

This past week, the world was horrified to learn of yet another terror attack, this time in Burkina Faso, where roughly 30 citizens, including six Canadians...

Talking trade

Jan 14, 2016 / 6:00 am

For a variety of reasons, the subject of international trade has been prominent in federal politics over this past week. One issue frequently raised of late is...

Preparing for Parliament

Jan 7, 2016 / 8:44 pm

In roughly two week’s time the House of Commons will resume sitting, and Canada’s 42nd Parliament will get down to work. At this point, the...

The political landscape

Dec 31, 2015 / 6:00 am

Surveying the political landscape From a Canadian political perspective, 2015 has been a big year as we now has a new 42nd Parliament with a change in...

Open government, for some

Dec 24, 2015 / 6:00 am

Open government for some, but not all I have always been a strong believer in accountability and transparency. For this reason, I have published an annual...

GST going up?

Dec 17, 2015 / 6:00 am

This week began with several media headlines from Ottawa suggesting that the Liberal Government was not ruling out a tax increase to the GST to help pay for the...

The government's priorities

Dec 10, 2015 / 6:00 am

Since my report from last week, the new Liberal Government has presented its throne speech, and has revealed its priorities for the upcoming legislative session...

Ottawa abuzz

Dec 3, 2015 / 6:00 am

This will be the first full week in which all Members of Parliament will be back in Ottawa, and already a heavy partisan overtone is descending upon Parliament...

New timeline on refugees

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:00 am

In last week’s MP report I committed to providing further updates as they become available with respect to the Liberal Government’s plan to relocate...

A better future

Nov 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

Since I was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2011, I have submitted an MP report each week in an effort to better communicate with citizens. When the...

The Reform Act (in practice)

Nov 12, 2015 / 1:37 pm

Since my report from last week, all major parties have now had their first full caucus meetings in Ottawa. These first caucus meetings are important for a...

Update in Ottawa

Nov 5, 2015 / 6:00 am

Ottawa is once again a hub of activity as Members of Parliament arrived to our capital, and for a few days many departing and retiring MP’s will also be...

Contacting your MP

Oct 29, 2015 / 6:00 am

The interior of BC now has four new, and two returning, Members of Parliament, one with the incoming government, three with the official opposition, and the two...

Final MP report

Aug 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

By now chances are you may have heard that last Sunday, August 2nd the writ was dropped in Ottawa thus dissolving the 41st Parliament and beginning the campaign...

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