Dan Albas was first elected federally in the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, replacing former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. He was reelected as the first MP for the new riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. He is the Conservative Party’s critic for inter-provincial trade.
In 2012 Albas’ Private Members’ Bill, C-311, An Act to Amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, became law after receiving unanimous support in the House of Commons and the Senate. He was also instrumental in the passing of Bill-21, the Red Tape Reduction Act, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board. He has also served on the joint Senate-House of Commons Scrunity of Regulations Committee and the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.
Albas is currently championing the protection of BC’s freshwater lakes by focusing on regulations controlling invasive species such as zebra mussels.
Before becoming involved in federal politics Albas was a city councillor in Penticton, winning the highest number of votes in the 2008 municipal election. As a city councillor Albas was an advocate of public safety issue and financial responsibility. His proposed core service review was described by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as a gold standard.
Prior to entering politics, Albas was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, a studio that he opened in the late 90s. His work in child safety earned him the 2005 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Penticton. He has served as the campaign cochair for the South Okanagan-Similkameen United Way twice.
Albas is married with four daughters. He runs a blog on his website, www.danalbas.com, to keep his constituents updated about his work in Ottawa. He has also been recognized as one of the most active MPs on Twitter, for attending 100 per cent of votes in 2015 and for consistently being one of the lowest spending BC MPs.