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Weekly Commentary

PM on the world stage

PM on the world stage

Apr 6, 2009 / 5:00 am

Did you see what the international media was saying about the Prime Minister? It was pretty good stuff. The meeting in London of the G-20 countries (the twenty...

Discount crime, two for one

Discount crime, two for one

Mar 30, 2009 / 10:50 am

What do they mean when they say ‘discount crime’? It goes like this. A guy gets charged for, let's say, breaking and entering and robbery. He pleads 'not...

Afghanistan: pain, but gain

Afghanistan: pain, but gain

Mar 23, 2009 / 9:51 am

As the Chair of the Government Task Force on Afghanistan I was in that country (as I reported in my previous column) last week. Along with the Minister of...

Past, present and future

Past, present and future

Mar 2, 2009 / 1:14 pm

No jobs in sight, real estate not moving, banks tight on credit and people being laid off. That was the situation 100 years ago in 1909 when the Town of...

And the winners are...

And the winners are...

Feb 23, 2009 / 10:22 am

And the winners are...for Best Supporting Role...President Barack Obama! Yes, his visit to Ottawa was a true show stopper. He thrilled the crowds, dazzled the...

Olympic jobs in downturn

Olympic jobs in downturn

Feb 16, 2009 / 11:08 am

Who knew? Back in 2003 many British Columbians were cheering, but some were doubting. Was being awarded the Winter Olympics really going to be good for the...

Nurses to go!

Nurses to go!

Feb 9, 2009 / 11:59 am

Thought that headline might get your attention. Read on and you'll see what I'm getting at. Friday night, after a week in Parliament and a day of meetings in...

The budget and you

The budget and you

Feb 2, 2009 / 10:30 am

Some people can comprehend what a Million Dollars really means and a few can even get their heads around a Billion. But when the Trillions start ringing up on...

Week of sweeping contrasts

Week of sweeping contrasts

Jan 26, 2009 / 10:39 am

First, let's talk budget. By now you've seen our approach to dealing with the most challenging financial era that most of us have seen in our lifetime. Those of...

New Prez mirrors old Prez

New Prez mirrors old Prez

Jan 19, 2009 / 11:35 am

President Obama continues to rock his world (and ours) just by showing up. But make no mistake, he does more than just show up. When he speaks, people listen....

City of angels

City of angels

Jan 12, 2009 / 1:00 pm

Aka (also known as) Los Angeles. It's not the capital of California, but it is one of the important “capitals of capital” in the world. Angels. Two...

Colder weather, warmer markets

Colder weather, warmer markets

Jan 5, 2009 / 11:18 am

I'm back in Ottawa until the weekend. It's chilly here, politically as well as environmentally. However, even though minus twenty in the Okanagan and Nicola...

Happy New Year

Jan 1, 2009 / 12:01 am

Need Money? Call Me. Can't get that car loan you need? Mortgage brokers or bankers refusing to deal with you? Hold on a minute. I really can't get you any money...

The fear factor

The fear factor

Dec 22, 2008 / 1:00 pm

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Remember who said that? It was then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember when he said it? Right smack in the...

Local gossip

Local gossip

Dec 15, 2008 / 10:11 am

This week I have been getting caught up on a backlog of local meetings and events before heading back to Ottawa for meetings there. Thought you might be...

The Separatists finest hour

The Separatists"" finest hour

Dec 2, 2008 / 9:49 am

I wasn't kidding when I told the crowd of a few thousand people on Friday night that I was delighted to be at the Annual Christmas Light Up in Summerland for...

Lets make a deal

Let""s make a deal

Nov 25, 2008 / 8:49 am

“Let’s Make a Deal!” That's basically my mantra to other countries as your Minister of International Trade. If we really want to protect Canadian jobs...

Elections amid crises

Elections amid crises

Nov 17, 2008 / 1:11 pm

Nobody doubts for a second the enormity of the challenges facing the President-elect of the United States. In good times the demands on that position are...

How nice are we?

How ""nice"" are we?

Nov 10, 2008 / 12:13 pm

Door knocking during the recent election right here in our gorgeous constituency of Okanagan-Coquihalla, I heard about more than just the economy. Not...

Crime and cabinet

Crime and cabinet

Nov 3, 2008 / 1:00 pm

"If I was a carpenter…" are words of a well known song. I wish I had taken carpentry or woodworking in school. I've always admired the skill of those who can...

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