Weekly Commentary

Shut down the pipeline

Oct 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

I'm not talking about oil and gas. I'm referring to the illegal smuggling of desperate and vulnerable human beings into our country. The perpetrators of this...

A head spinning week

Oct 19, 2010 / 5:00 am

Tuesday we opened a transition residence for people working their way back 'home'. Many of you will remember the Willow Motel. For years it was the Okanagan's...

Is good news bad?

Oct 12, 2010 / 5:00 am

Did you catch the latest headlines this week on the job numbers? Most of the mainstream national news outlets loudly declared that after months of job gains...

Horses, bears and taxes

Oct 5, 2010 / 5:00 am

Okay, so what do you do with a guy who was a university hockey star, captain of his team, turned down an offer from the Detroit Red Wings, went to university...

Up in space, down to earth

Up in space, down to earth

Sep 28, 2010 / 5:00 am

This week's constit report to you goes to the stars and back. 'Space’, the last frontier was the focus at a great ceremony this week up in the hills of our...

Endangered species?

Sep 21, 2010 / 5:00 am

Politicians are always on the endangered species list. In danger of being wiped out at election time and that is a good thing (I don't mean being 'wiped out'. I...

Saving goats and stopping boats

Sep 14, 2010 / 5:00 am

Lots of stuff to report again this week, so grab that coffee or tea cup and follow the bouncing ball. I was in Howe Sound to announce the commencement of work...

Kafka lives

Sep 7, 2010 / 10:20 am

Well, okay, Franz Kafka died back in the 1920's but the absurd bureaucratic situations he painfully described in some of his short stories live on. One of those...

Bovine boozers unite!

Bovine boozers unite!

Aug 31, 2010 / 5:00 am

"Why can't they just leave our cows alone?" That's a sentiment some constituents have expressed to me lately. With the supposedly compelling issues of the day...

Do the math

Aug 17, 2010 / 5:00 am

Historians and futurists are agreed and their agreement will have increasing implications for students and retirees right here in the Okanagan, Nicola and...

A toast from coast to coast

Aug 10, 2010 / 5:00 am

Interested in what people are saying from West to East? Within the span of one week I've had the opportunity to 'meet and greet' in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia....

Paying the price

Aug 3, 2010 / 5:00 am

Here in the Okanagan, Nicola and Highland Valleys we know there's a price that is sometimes paid for living in Paradise. In my constituency report last week I...

Census forms and firestorms

Jul 27, 2010 / 5:00 am

Trevor Linden, Duncan Keith, Pat Quinn and many other hockey greats lit up our constituency this weekend and what a show they all put on for us. Thanks to the...

A Tale of two heroes

Jul 20, 2010 / 5:00 am

I'll never forget the day Maurice (the Rocket) Richard signed my hockey stick. I was 8-years-old, in a long line up with other similar worshipers. The Rocket...

When bad guys sue

Jul 13, 2010 / 5:00 am

You gotta shake your head when one of the worst criminals in Canadian history threatens to sue you. I'm thinking, has the world turned upside down here? We...

Heroes and zeroes

Jul 6, 2010 / 5:00 am

Did you see the news clip of the guy jumping the violent goon at the G-20? Amazing…as fellow masked cowards stood there cheering for their thuggish comrade...

Canada at the podium

Canada at the podium

Jun 29, 2010 / 5:00 am

I wish you could have been there with us, in the room with Prime Minister Harper and Hu Jintao, President of China. Not that there were top secrets being...

Bombers and freedoms

Jun 23, 2010 / 5:00 am

Aggressive police work has lead to the arrest of three men charged with the recent firebombing of a bank in Ottawa. This has been a topic of conversation here...

Buying local by choice, not by law

Buying local by choice, not by law

Jun 15, 2010 / 5:00 am

Farmers' markets. Here in our Okanagan-Coquihalla region we have some of the best. I love strolling down the lines of kiosks laden with fresh produce. And who...

Pushing back the global tax

Jun 8, 2010 / 5:00 am

We did it! The major countries of the world had been saying for months that all banks must get hit with a global tax. Prime Minister Harper and our Government...