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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Canada’s Manufacturing Sector Facing Challenges

Canada’s Manufacturing Sector Facing Challenges

Dean welcomes Jocelyn Bamford, host of Canadian Innovators, for an in-depth conversation on the state of manufacturing in Canada, and the increased temptation to move operations to the U.S.

The Rise of Assisted Suicide in Canada

The Rise of Assisted Suicide in Canada

Dean welcomes Michael Cooper MP for St. Albert – Edmonton, to discuss Canada’s assisted suicide program that seems to lack necessary safeguards, allowing access for those who might not otherwise consider it.

The Weakening Pulse of Canadian Small Businesses

The Weakening Pulse of Canadian Small Businesses

Dean speaks with Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President of National Affairs at the CFIB, to discuss how government policies are affecting small business across Canada, and what policies the government should consider to alleviate the pain of several employers.

China’s Standing in the World

China’s Standing in the World

Dean is joined by Dr. Charles Burton, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, to discuss a deeper understanding of China, and why we should be paying attention to their intentions.

ESG Impact on Businesses

ESG Impact on Businesses

Dean welcomes Catherine Swift, President at the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers & Businesses of Canada, for a better understanding of the ESG and its impact on Canadian small businesses and manufacturers.

A United Conservative Party

A United Conservative Party

Dean speaks with MPs Richard Bragdon – Tobique Mactaquac – and Chris Warkentin – Grande Prairie-Mackenzie – to discuss how Pierre Poilievre was able to connect with average Canadians, on his way to the Conservative Leadership.

Canada’s Influence on the Global Stage

Canada’s Influence on the Global Stage

Dean welcomes Mathew Preston, a government relations consultant, to discuss the perception of Canada when it comes to defense and foreign affairs.

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.

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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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