It has been a busy week since my first MP report and swearing-in ceremony last Thursday in Ottawa.
One of my goals as your MP is to communicate with you about my activities both in Ottawa and our local communities on your behalf.
I have also started a blog at www.daninottawa.com that I update several times a week where you can keep track of my activities.
In the future, a calendar feature is also planned as I’m looking forward to getting out to hear from as many of you as I can when the house is adjourned.
This week, I am back in Ottawa for a number of important events that will include my first formal caucus meeting, the election of our new Speaker of the House and then on Friday the Throne Speech.
I am back in Penticton this weekend to attend the Saturday, June 4, grand opening of the new Penticton Community Swimming Pool at 11 a.m. I hope to see many of you there.
This week I will also begin wearing a Stellar Jay pin on my lapel while in the House of Commons.
This pin is a symbol of my commitment that I will not engage in the disrespectful practise of heckling while in the house.
I believe it is important that as Members of Parliament, we represent our communities in a respectful manner.
I have heard from many citizens who have expressed a strong desire to see things done differently in Ottawa.
I am hopeful that many of my colleagues will agree that the time for heckling needs to come to an end.
For further information on this topic or if you would like to provide feedback to me, you can also do this on my Dan in Ottawa blog.
Back in Ottawa this week, it begins Monday with the introduction of the federal budget.
It will be an interesting, and I hope welcome change, to have a discussion on the contents of the budget without the ongoing threat of another election, as has been the case in the more recent past.
Also a reminder that both of office location and contact information is the same as was used by my predecessor Stockwell Day.
The Penticton constituency office is located at 202-301 Main St. in Penticton. The office phone number is 1-800-665-8711.
Dan Albas is the Conservative MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla.