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Dan in Ottawa

Is Parliament a priority?

Is Parliament a priority?

Jun 4, 2020 / 11:00 am

When the Canadian Emergency Reponse Benefit (CERB) program was launched, government of Canada civil servants estimated the total costs of the program would be...

Weakened accountability

Weakened accountability

May 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

This has been a highly unusual time in Ottawa. Last week the leader of the Bloc Quebecois threatened the Liberal government. What was the threat? That the Bloc...

At risk of CERB claw back

At risk of CERB claw back

May 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

In my report last week, I referenced media reports on public servants being directed to ignore potential cases of fraud for the Canadian Emergency Response...

Should we ignore fraud?

Should we ignore fraud?

May 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

There are now currently 7.7 million Canadians collecting the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) across Canada. This CERB benefit program was one that...

Strong opinion on gun ban

Strong opinion on gun ban

May 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

I do not normally issue a “spoiler alert” in my weekly reports. However, this week I will focus on the recently announced semi-automatic rifle ban...

Changes to your taxes

Changes to your taxes

Apr 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

Normally at this time of year I would be referencing the April 30 deadline to file your personal income tax. Instead, I will be outlining the changes that have...

Confusion over student aid

Confusion over student aid

Apr 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

This week, not unlike last week, and the week before, the government has announced another “Emergency Assistance” program. This latest program is...

Team Canada approach best

Team Canada approach best

Apr 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

In many ways, the ongoing responses coming out of Ottawa resembles the movie Groundhog Day. In this case, the government makes a major program announcement only...

Proud of West Kelowna

Proud of West Kelowna

Apr 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

Most elected officials learn to develop a thick skin as criticisms and personal insults/attacks are an unfortunate by-product of public office. This situation...

Ottawa's new plan

Ottawa's new plan

Apr 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

After some delay, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced more information about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, this week. The new proposal...

Do you need help?

Do you need help?

Mar 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

As I write this, we have just finished a special, all-night session of Parliament, passing Bill C-13 — An Act respecting certain measures in response to...

Virus problem is spreading

Virus problem is spreading

Mar 19, 2020 / 11:34 am

When I first wrote about COVID-19 three weeks ago, there were 33 confirmed cases in Canada: 20 in Ontario 12 in British Columbia One in Quebec. Last week,...

World faces a pandemic

World faces a pandemic

Mar 12, 2020 / 11:00 am

It has been seven days since my report on the COVID-19 virus. Since then, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the virus outbreak is now a...

Should you have the right to know if COVID-19 is in your town?

Should you have the right to know if COVID-19 is in your town?

Mar 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

Although the House of Commons is not sitting this week, the prime minister announced that he is assembling a “COVID-19” cabinet committee to help...

Covered in case of cancer

Covered in case of cancer

Feb 27, 2020 / 11:00 am

One of the challenges with so many different events occurring in Ottawa is that some become overlooked. This occurred last week as the third party opposition...

Pipeline: who to listen to?

Pipeline: who to listen to?

Feb 20, 2020 / 11:00 am

In Ottawa, the issue drawing the most debate are the illegal blockades in several areas around Canada, relating to the approval of the $6-billion, 670 kilometre...

Liberal energy inequality

Liberal energy inequality

Feb 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

This week the House of Commons is adjourned to allow for MPs to be back home in our ridings where we can meet with local citizens and other groups and...

Minority gov'ts don't last

Minority gov'ts don't last

Feb 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

It is interesting to note that this minority parliament is the 14th minority in Canadian history. Many of Canada’s previous minority governments have...

Liberal plan faces audit

Liberal plan faces audit

Jan 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

With Parliament now actively underway, the new dynamics of having a minority government are beginning to become more defined. Back in late December, despite the...

Airport security changes fly

Airport security changes fly

Jan 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

One of the subjects that has been raised in many recent media headlines is renewed concerns of the expanded rights of United States border agents working in the...

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