Dan McTeague

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Daniel P. McTeague
Member of Parliament
for Pickering—Scarborough East
In office
2004–2011
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Corneliu Chisu
Member of Parliament
for Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge
In office
2000–2004
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by riding abolished
Member of Parliament
for Ontario
In office
1993–1997
Preceded by René Soetens
Personal details
Born (1962-10-16) October 16, 1962 (age 51)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Daniela Rossi[1]
Children 5
Residence Oakville
Profession Policy advisor, Public relations advisor

Daniel P. "Dan" McTeague, PC (born October 16, 1962) is a former Canadian Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Pickering—Scarborough East.

Background[edit]

Fluently bilingual, McTeague graduated from the University of Toronto and worked as an intern in Ottawa to Paul Cosgrove, then Minister of Public Works and Canada Mortgage and Housing and later with the Royal Bank. After graduation he worked as an assistant to Alvin Curling, Ontario Minister of Housing. From 1989 to 1993 he worked as a Public Relations Specialist with Toyota Canada.

After an 18 year career in Parliament, he now runs the website tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com which provides daily predictions on the next day's gas price in over 200 Canadian cities

Political career[edit]

McTeague was first elected to Parliament in the 1993 federal election and was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada and was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs tasked with protecting Canadians Abroad, until the Liberals lost the 2006 election. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry and the Chair o

McTeague was a key player in rescuing William Sampson from prison in Saudi Arabia by obtaining a letter of forgiveness from his eldest son. McTeague was also instrumental in achieving the release of a number of other Canadians from detention abroad, including Abdullah Al-Malki, Muyadad Nureddin and Al-Matti. He continued this work as Parliamentary Secretary from 2003-2006.

An early advocate for proper compensation of Hep-C victims and an effective critic of Canada's restrictive Drug patent laws, he was also instrumental in pushing his own Government to do more to address the African Aids pandemic by relaxing those very laws. McTeague has undertaken to help Canadians in distress abroad with an initiative to help free a condemned William Sampson from Saudi execution.

Having chaired the Liberal Government Task Force on gasoline pricing in 1998, McTeague challenged the premium prices Canadians were forced to pay for gasoline in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (August 2005) For 10 weeks Canadian refiners added several cents a litre to the price of gasoline even over prices in the most affected markets in the US.

On November 22, 2005, McTeague asked Immigration Minister Joe Volpe to restrict rapper 50 Cent from entering Canada, citing the death of a constituent at the performers previous concert in Toronto in 2004. 50 Cent's tour went on as scheduled but McTeague's intervention succeeded in seeing at least half of the accompanying members of the rapper's troupe, the G-Unit, banned in Canada as a result of the objections.[2]

In July 2006 he condemned Prime Minister Stephen Harper's initial failure to address the plight of Canadians in Lebanon trapped by Israeli air strikes and challenged the PM's characterization of the attack as being "a measured response".

With Canadian troops facing more casualties in Afghanistan, McTeague led the charge to force the Harper Government to abandon the practice of docking injured soldier's "operational pay" once out of theatre. In May 2007 he again forced a reluctant Conservative Government to increase the funeral stipend to families of fallen Canadian soldiers, a matter they originally denied.

McTeague's interventions in Question period also resulted in goading the Conservative government to back away from its plan to eliminate the Liberal energuide program for seniors and low income Canadians.

Registered Education Savings Plan[edit]

McTeague tabled a private member bill that proposed to give parents substantial tax breaks for saving education money; taxpayers who deposited $5,000 into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for their children's post-secondary education would earn a $5,000 tax deduction, similar to the deduction allowed for contributions to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan. Under the Tax-Free Savings Account, introduced in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's 2008 budget, there was no deduction for annual contributions.[3]

Ted Menzies, Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, lashed out at the proposal and suggested McTeague explain how the government would pay for his proposal,[4] while Garth Turner strongly supported McTeague's bill and called it "the greatest financial tool in a generation."[5] The Green Party said the government should have ceased threats to trigger an election over the RESP private member’s bill.[6] McTeague's bill passed through the Canadian House of Commons on March 5, 2008, after Speaker of the House, Liberal Peter Milliken, ruled the Bill in order as it did not require a Royal Recommendation, given that it did not contemplate spending money, only reducing revenue.[7] Flaherty introduced a ways and means motion which nullified McTeague's bill.[8]

Rising energy costs[edit]

Renowned for his work on gasoline prices, McTeague has devoted much effort on pinpointing the causes(s) of rising fuel prices, going as far as running a website aiming to predict gas prices the day before they are posted in cities across Canada

He received support from all parties on the Industry Committee to strike a subcommittee for the purpose of examining the role of institutional investors, hedge funds and lending institutions in purchasing large contracts in oil and natural gas on the Futures Commodity Market in driving the price of commodities beyond normal market fundamentals.

Support for the abolition of Usage Based Billing[edit]

McTeague, along with Jack Layton of the NDP, on February 4, 2011 attended a rally in Toronto organized by Calvin Tennant against an Internet Usage Based Billing decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He vowed to fight on behalf of all Canadians and his fellow MPs to reverse the CRTC decision, coining it the "Giga-Tax" [9] [10][11]

Order of Canada criticism[edit]

McTeague criticized the awarding of the Order of Canada to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, saying that the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada strayed into social comment with its "provocative" choice, and argued that it was not the mandate of the 10-person panel.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography", Liberal Party of Canada, 2010, accessed 20 December 2010.
  2. ^ The Star (Toronto) http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1135119019559&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2010-03-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ "McTeague's manoeuvre". The Toronto Star. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  4. ^ Marr, Garry. "Tories outraged as Liberal RESP bill passes". The National Post. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  5. ^ Turner, Garth. "MP Garth Turner lends support for enhanced family tax break". The Turner Report. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Harper should fund RESP bill by halting BCE sale". www.greenparty.ca. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  7. ^ Hall, B. Thomas. "Confused about McTeague's controversial private member's bill? Be confused no more - The Hill Times - Newspaper Online.". www.thehilltimes.ca. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Flaherty serves notice of motion to kill Liberal RESP bill". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2008-08-18. [dead link]
  9. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/02/04/usage-based-billing-rally-smaller-than-expected-taken-over-by-ndp/
  10. ^ http://vimeo.com/19583788
  11. ^ http://www.worldbroadbandfoundation.org/content/canadian-ubb-protest-february-2011-0
  12. ^ Brennan, Richard; MacCharles, Tonda (2008-07-03). "Harper pans Order choice as divisive". The Star (Toronto). 

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