The Hill Update

Each week our host brings fresh interviews and policy updates to give viewers an insider’s look at the current process and progress of our government. The Hill Update helps viewers’ understanding of how things are done on ‘The Hill’ and the day to day struggles and intricacies of democracy at work.

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Agricultural Struggles & Innovations in Canada

Agricultural Struggles & Innovations in Canada

Dean is joined by Drew Spoelstra, Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, to discuss some of the reasons behind rising food costs in Canada from an agricultural perspective – from the government’s decision to tariff Canadian farmers on pre-purchased fertilizers, to the technology needed to establish sustainable farming across the country

How Restrictions Are Impacting Tourism

How Restrictions Are Impacting Tourism

Dean Welcomes Mayor Jim Diodati, from Niagara Falls, to discuss how travel restrictions have affected the tourism industry that drives their economy

Are the Clean Fuel Regulations Helping?

Are the Clean Fuel Regulations Helping?

Dean welcomes Dan Mcteague, President at Canadians for Affordable Energy, to discuss why he thinks Canada is dumping out our energy sector

Government Interference and Control

Government Interference and Control

Dean is joined by Colin Carrie MP -Barrie, for an update on legislation being debated in the house before MP’s head into summer break

Government Accountability

Government Accountability

Dean welcomes Glen Motz, MP for Medicine Hat -Cardston -Warner, to discuss updates into the inquiry of the government’s declaration of the emergencies act.

March To Freedom

March To Freedom

Dean speaks with Canadian service veteran James Topp on the road as he marches from Vancouver to Ottawa. He’ll explain the reason for his #marchtofreedom protest in response to government mandates

Government Debt and Deficit

Government Debt and Deficit

Dean welcomes Jay Goldberg, Ontario Director at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, for an in-depth discussion on government spending, and why a growing deficit matters to all Canadians

An Analysis of Canada’s Greatest Challenges

An Analysis of Canada’s Greatest Challenges

Dean welcomes Veso Sobot, Executive Director at CCMBC, for a discussion on the Conservative Leadership race and his thoughts on the motives of the current government’s green energy policies

 

A Special Review Committee on the Emergencies Act

A Special Review Committee on the Emergencies Act

Dean welcomes Conservative MP Glen Motz, a member of the first-ever Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency. He’ll discuss the ongoing debate on whether The Emergencies Act declaration was appropriate

 

Balancing Democracy & Personal Rights with Bill 100

Balancing Democracy & Personal Rights with Bill 100

Dean is joined by Rick Nicholls, MPP

Answering Questions About Vaccine Efficacy

Answering Questions About Vaccine Efficacy

Dean welcomes Deanna McLeod, principal and founder at Kaleidoscope Strategic, to discuss the clinical trial process for new medicines and treatments and sheds light on some of the steps that were skipped in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Historical Complexities of Russia and Ukraine

The Historical Complexities of Russia and Ukraine

Dean joins Irvin Studin, Editor-In-Chief & Publisher with Global Brief Magazine, who offers historical context behind Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and why this war is a logical progression from a Russian perspective.

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Dean Allison

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Dean Allison

Dean Allison is the current Member of Parliament for the riding of Niagara West and the Host of The Hill Update with Dean Allison on the News Forum television network.

A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University with a degree in Economics, Dean established himself in the Hamilton and Niagara area through accumulating businesses and working for a major franchise organization. He served his community as President of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, as President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and board member of Junior Achievement in Niagara. Allison is also a founding member of the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation in Canada and the Belarus Children of Chernobyl program that brings children affected by the Chernobyl disaster to Canada.

As a parliamentarian, Dean has served as Shadow Minister for International Trade, Critic for International Development and chaired the Human Resources, Skills Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities committee, and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Dean was also indispensable during his appointment to the Red Tape Reduction Commission which released an influential report on the relationship between government and the private sector.

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