Dan Albas

Division and exclusion will not benefit Canada

This week Canadians were shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal and senseless killing of 12 French citizens in a terrorist attack.

Providing support to Canadian families

One thing all political parties agree on is the need to provide more support for families to help offset the costs of raising children.

Facing issues locally and in Ottawa

The Thanksgiving holiday last week was a break week from the House of Commons before the House resumed again on Monday, Oct. 20.

Dan Albas: Elected officials in Ottawa and at home

Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas writes a regular report from Ottawa

Parliament resumes for fall sitting

Next week the House of Commons will again be in session as the fall sitting gets underway.

Dealing with criticism from voters

Being in the middle of a media firestorm and the target of some opposing citizens is overall not an enjoyable experience.

Understanding the supremacy of Parliament

The opportunity to meet with citizens, organizations and employers firsthand is valuable and helpful in the work I do.

Some thoughts on Canada Day 2014

The Canada Day long weekend is easily my favourite time of year.

Understanding the Northern Gateway project

Last week the government of Canada accepted the recommendation from the Joint Review Panel regarding the Northern Gateway project.

RCMP show courage and sacrifice

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and members of the RCMP who have suffered from a senseless act of violence.

Keeping politics out of the office

Last week was an unusually partisan one in the House of Commons even by Ottawa standards.

First Nations bands facing land challenges

Even as far away as Ottawa the success of the Westbank and Osoyoos First Nations in terms of investment and development are well known.

Okanagan athletes prepare for Sochi

This will be a very busy week given that the House of Commons is again sitting.

Understanding the wireless code of conduct

Nearly 70 per cent who took part in the survey felt the code of conduct was confusing or that they lacked enough information.

The end of incandescent light bulbs

New standards for light certain classes and wattages of light bulbs will take effect in 2014.

Slow progress on increased spending accountability

Determining how elected officials spend tax dollars should not require the effort of one or more access to information requests.

Albas’s expenses for the past year

As a result of the positive feedback I received from last year`s accountability report this will now become an annual report.

Considering the politics of pipelines

The House of Commons has again resumed session this week after a brief five day recess.

Responding to the senate scandal

One criticism I heard from a number of individuals is that I did not firmly state my position on the suspension of senators without pay.

The value of the forestry industry

Communities in the Okanagan-Coquihalla have long had direct ties with the forest sector.