A Conservative MP from B.C. opens up on Northern Gateway: A highly conditional approval

Dan Albas handout
Newly elected in the 2011 general election as the MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, Dan Albas is welcomed to the House of Commons by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This photo was taken by a member of the prime minister’s staff.

Dan Albas is the Conservative MP for the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, a riding in the south, central part of the province that is a long, long way  from where Enbridge Inc. proposes to build the Northern Gateway Pipeline that will carry as much as 500,000 barrels of Alberta bitumen across the Rockies to the northern B.C. port of Kitimat. Kitimat, incidentally, is in the riding of New Democrat Nathan Cullen, while the pipeline runs through Cullen’s riding and then the ridings of BC Conservative Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River) and Alberta Conservative MPs Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead) and Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul)

Though Albas and his constituents live a long way from the Northern Gateway’s route or port — as do most who live in B.C. — this is a big issue for them. The federal NDP believe that, so far as votes in B.C. go in the 2015 general election, campaigning against the pipeline is electoral gold. Continue reading A Conservative MP from B.C. opens up on Northern Gateway: A highly conditional approval

Conservative MP Dan Albas on that "freedom of speech" issue

In his most recent report to his constituents, first-term Conservative MP Dan Albas writes,

…contrary to what you may have heard in the media, Parliamentary practice is clear in recognizing that Whips of arespective party have long been involved in the process of determining the speaking order during Members Statements. Much of this current debate is in questioning to what extent a whip should and by extension a party be involved in what individual Members of Parliament can or cannot say within the House of Commons. This is largely the more important subject and one that I would like to address in my report today.

Read the rest of what he had to say on this issue here (it’s interesting) MP Report –  Dan Albas MP, Okanagan- Coquihalla.