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Proposed Conservative legislation would safeguard hospitals says MP

Proposed Conservative legislation would safeguard hospitals says MP

May 16, 2024 / 11:00 am

While it is the role and responsibility of the official Opposition to hold the government accountable, it is often said its role is not solely to oppose, but...

MP accuses federal and B.C. governments of 'demonizing' Canadians with concerns

MP accuses federal and B.C. governments of 'demonizing' Canadians with concerns

May 9, 2024 / 11:00 am

Those who closely follow Canadian federal politics will occasionally see the topic of "civility" arise, typically following an offensive incident in...

MP defends Tory leader's use of the word 'wacko'

MP defends Tory leader's use of the word 'wacko'

May 2, 2024 / 11:00 am

The last thing I wanted to focus on in my report this week was the events that occurred in the House of Commons on Tuesday, April 30th, when the Speaker of the...

Numerous changes to tax brackets and rates over last 10 years

Numerous changes to tax brackets and rates over last 10 years

Apr 25, 2024 / 11:00 am

This week, I'd like to remind you the deadline for most Canadians to file their 2023 income tax return is Tuesday, April 30. It's also the last day to...

MP concerned about federal budget increasing Canada's debt

MP concerned about federal budget increasing Canada's debt

Apr 18, 2024 / 11:00 am

The Trudeau Liberal government introduced its 2024 budget Tuesday, referred to as "Fairness for Every Generation". This budget proposes a total...

MP questions truthfulness of government response to his question

Apr 11, 2024 / 11:00 am

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the topic of order paper questions in a column. To refresh your memory, an order paper question is a written inquiry that, after a...

MP says proposed federal Renters' Bill of Rights encroaches on provincial jurisdiction

MP says proposed federal Renters' Bill of Rights encroaches on provincial jurisdiction

Apr 4, 2024 / 11:00 am

In my column last week, I discussed how the Liberal government allocated nearly $42 million for a gun buyback program. Despite being announced almost four years...

No guns bought back in federal multi-million dollar 'buyback' program

No guns bought back in federal multi-million dollar 'buyback' program

Mar 28, 2024 / 11:00 am

More and more, I hear from my constituents about the same issue. The cost of groceries, insurance renewals, utility bills, wireless plans, "bring it...

Tory MP disappointed B.C. premier won't oppose federal carbon tax hike

Tory MP disappointed B.C. premier won't oppose federal carbon tax hike

Mar 21, 2024 / 11:00 am

This week's column begins with a warning—much of the content will focus on the latest official Opposition motion against the government, set to be...

Government doesn't know best when it comes to online harms says MP

Government doesn't know best when it comes to online harms says MP

Mar 14, 2024 / 11:00 am

This week, I’ll focus on Bill C-63, "An Act to enact the Online Harms Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and An Act...

MP feels national pharmacare plan is politically driven

MP feels national pharmacare plan is politically driven

Mar 7, 2024 / 11:00 am

Last week, I talked about the ongoing partnership between the federal Liberal government and the federal NDP. The (government) introduced a new bill it claims...

MP has questions about new federal pharmacare program

MP has questions about new federal pharmacare program

Feb 29, 2024 / 11:00 am

Regular readers of my column know I usually pose a question on a specific topic at the end of each column. I want to express my gratitude to the many (readers)...

Excise escalator tax on alcohol is 'taxation without representation' says MP

Excise escalator tax on alcohol is 'taxation without representation' says MP

Feb 22, 2024 / 10:00 am

My office, which serves the large Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding, maintains a 24/7, 365-day-a-year telephone answering service to ensure...

Auditor general's report on ArriveCAN app raises questions says MP

Auditor general's report on ArriveCAN app raises questions says MP

Feb 15, 2024 / 11:00 am

This week, Canada's auditor general, Karen Hogan, released a worrying report on the Trudeau government's ArriveCAN app, launched in April 2020. The...

Tory MP outlines his party's plan to tackle auto thefts

Tory MP outlines his party's plan to tackle auto thefts

Feb 8, 2024 / 11:00 am

Unless you've been a victim of auto theft, it's likely not something you've given much thought to. However, for those who have experienced this,...

Spike in Mexican refugee claims since visa requirement dropped

Spike in Mexican refugee claims since visa requirement dropped

Feb 1, 2024 / 11:00 am

This week’s column is a lesson in cause and effect, looking back to 2009, when former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper imposed a visa...

Federal Court ruling on trucker protest troubling for government says MP

Federal Court ruling on trucker protest troubling for government says MP

Jan 25, 2024 / 11:00 am

On Family Day, Feb. 21, 2022, a historic vote took place in the House of Commons. The vote was to invoke the Emergencies Act. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

MP lauds work of two Okanagan MLAs planning to retire from provincial politics

MP lauds work of two Okanagan MLAs planning to retire from provincial politics

Jan 18, 2024 / 11:00 am

Over the past month, I've received many well-meaning, sincere expressions of goodwill regarding my supposed retirement from provincial politics. However,...

MP concerned by prime minister's latest vacation accommodations

MP concerned by prime minister's latest vacation accommodations

Jan 11, 2024 / 11:00 am

I did not intend to write my column this week about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent holiday vacation to Jamaica. However, given the significant...

New tax increases this year will erode take-home pay says MP

New tax increases this year will erode take-home pay says MP

Jan 4, 2024 / 11:00 am

I want to start this week's by wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year in 2024. I know that times are currently very challenging for many people, and I...

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