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Help needed for new Canadians

Help needed for new Canadians

Apr 13, 2023 / 11:00 am

For many decades, Canada has embraced and welcomed newcomers, and the country has long benefited from its immigration policies, regardless of which government...

MP concerned about growth of government

MP concerned about growth of government

Apr 6, 2023 / 11:00 am

In early January, I wrote about concerns regarding the significant increase in the use of private consultants by the federal government. When first elected to...

MP complains about continuing federal deficits

MP complains about continuing federal deficits

Mar 30, 2023 / 11:00 am

This week, the government presented the 2023 federal budget. Before I continue, let's recap last year's budget. The government called it the...

Carbon Tax hike increasing the price of groceries

Carbon Tax hike increasing the price of groceries

Mar 23, 2023 / 11:00 am

A headline about inflation this week was, “Inflation rate drops to 5.2% in February”. However, a closer inspection reveals that prices for food...

Questioning why grocery prices are so high

Questioning why grocery prices are so high

Mar 16, 2023 / 11:00 am

Why does Canada have such runaway food inflation when we grow so much food? It’s a common question. There are a couple of main reasons, such as rising...

Are we losing citizenship ceremonies in Canada?

Are we losing citizenship ceremonies in Canada?

Mar 9, 2023 / 11:00 am

From my experience as a Member of Parliament, one of the most rewarding roles is the great honour of attending a citizenship ceremony. Participating in a...

Impact of B.C.'s Carbon Tax bigger on rural communities

Impact of B.C.'s Carbon Tax bigger on rural communities

Mar 2, 2023 / 11:00 am

Back in late November, I wrote an MP’s report that covered several issues that constituents raised with me. One of the concerns was the high cost of home...

MP worried about Chinese claims of influence on Canada's elections

Feb 23, 2023 / 11:00 am

A recent bombshell story of significant concern is a leaked report from Canada’s Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) documenting how Chinese...

Where do you draw the line?

Where do you draw the line?

Feb 16, 2023 / 11:00 am

Political riding boundaries are reviewed every 10 years and the changes can be significant, depending on where you live. Here in the southern Interior, we will...

Was the prime minister's offer of more money for health care enough?

Was the prime minister's offer of more money for health care enough?

Feb 9, 2023 / 11:00 am

This week, Canada's premiers are in Ottawa for what has often been reported as "negotiations" with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a new...

Enlightening answers to questions about high government spending

Enlightening answers to questions about high government spending

Feb 2, 2023 / 11:00 am

This week the House of Commons is back in session for the first time in 2023. As it would happen, this week was also the same week several opposition MPs...

Should Rogers-Shaw telecom deal go ahead?

Should Rogers-Shaw telecom deal go ahead?

Jan 26, 2023 / 11:00 am

Although the House of Commons does not resume sitting until next week, all-party Parliamentary committees are currently sitting and reviewing essential subjects...

Former finance minister paints unflattering picture of prime minister

Former finance minister paints unflattering picture of prime minister

Jan 19, 2023 / 11:00 am

Recently Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former star finance minister, Bill Morneau, authored a book titled “Where To From Here, A Path to Canadian...

Prime minister's flip flop on decision to buy F-35 fighter planes

Prime minister's flip flop on decision to buy F-35 fighter planes

Jan 12, 2023 / 11:00 am

This week began with a significant announcement from the government that $19 billion will be spent to acquire 88 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, in a deal...

Communicating with constituents

Communicating with constituents

Jan 5, 2023 / 11:00 am

One of the tasks I undertake at the beginning of every new year is a review the various ways I interact with, communicate and receive comments and concerns from...

Albas: Pressures on households not going away

Albas: Pressures on households not going away

Dec 22, 2022 / 11:00 am

Canadians awoke this week to media headlines that “Canada’s inflation rate fell to 6.8% in November”. Unfortunately, this headline does not...

Federal government looking to use attestation again

Federal government looking to use attestation again

Dec 15, 2022 / 11:00 am

Last week, I wrote about the recent Auditor General's report on COVID-related pandemic benefit payment programs to both individuals and businesses. In the...

Should feds have verified COVID payment recipients?

Should feds have verified COVID payment recipients?

Dec 8, 2022 / 11:00 am

This week Canada’s Auditor General, Karen Hogan, released the ninth and 10th audits that focused on the federal government's response to the COVID-19...

Carbon tax increases tied to higher home heating costs

Carbon tax increases tied to higher home heating costs

Dec 1, 2022 / 11:00 am

When I first was elected as a Member of Parliament, I soon discovered it was not uncommon for citizens to share personal documents with me on issues they were...

What was legal opinion that changed mind of CSIS director?

What was legal opinion that changed mind of CSIS director?

Nov 24, 2022 / 11:00 am

In late April, I wrote about the government invoking the Emergencies Act. I pointed out many of the reasons the majority of Liberal and NDP MPs cited to justify...

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