Entries by Daniel D. Veniez from 09/2012

First on House of Commons Agenda? An Overdue Apology

| Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Politics

In 2008, RCMP Deputy Commissioner Barbara George was found in contempt of Parliament. This was an extraordinary move by the Commons. To this day -- five years later -- the public record says that Barbara George lied to Parliament. She didn't, and the House of Commons owes it to her and all Canadians to correct that record.

Canada Needs More Leaders Like Peter Lougheed

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Alberta

Peter Lougheed's grace, class, and dignity should be an example to current and future political leaders in Canada. His life and service to his country showed that great things could be accomplished for the common good with a mixture of intelligence, daring, principle, integrity, humility, and an understanding of the power of compromise. Canada owes much to the statesmanship of giants like Lougheed. He was a nation-builder. His passing is a reminder to me of how much we so desperately need people like Peter Lougheed in our public life today.

You Can So Teach an Old (Liberal) Dog New Tricks

| Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada

Why is it that some in the Liberal Party of Canada are using the disturbing and polarizing language of ageism? It has become open season on the "old guard". Older people seem to be framed as out of touch and constitutionally unable to cope with change. Of course, fresh thinking and new energy is indeed vital to any organization. However, "fresh" doesn't necessarily mean young. To me, "new" and "fresh" has nothing to do with age and everything to do with mindset, values and sincerity of purpose.

Watch Out, Christy Clark There's an Orange Wave Coming

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Politics

It's difficult to find someone in Vancouver's business community who relishes the prospect of an NDP government. Yet that's precisely what they are bracing for when B.C. goes to the polls next May. Confidence in Christy Clark has all but evaporated. Members of the business establishment are increasingly resigned to the NDP forming the next government. So it was against this backdrop that Adrian Dix, Leader of British Columbia's NDP, had his coming out party.

Meet the RCMP Officer Who's Guilty of Crimes She Didn't Commit

| Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics

Barbara George was a decorated law enforcement officer with an unblemished 30-year track record. Then in 2007, the House of Commons found her in contempt of Parliament for allegedly "misleading" the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.None of what George was accused of was true. She vowed not to rest until her name was cleared. Last week, she came a little closer. Now is the time for the House of Commons to apologize, and return some piece of mind to Barbara George and her family.

Only We Can Put an End to Ugly Politics

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Politics

Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, had some tough talk for the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa today. He said that we must "maintain trust and engagement in Canadian elections." As a first time candidate, I have been the target of many ugly tactics used by the army of political operators that make a healthy living doing this.

China's Big, Bad, "Foreign Takeover" of Nexen Is a Myth

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Business

There might be perfectly legitimate reasons why Ottawa may decide to block the proposed acquisition of Nexen Inc. of Calgary by CNOOC Limited, the state owned energy giant from China. But the notion that "foreigners are taking over Canada's natural resources" is not one of them. That argument is factually and demonstrably false. Our governments own the vast majority of these natural resources. That isn't about to change any time soon. Canadians should be aware that there is no risk whatsoever that we would lose ownership or control of them.

Move Over Trudeau, Mark Carney's Got it All

| Posted 09.28.2012 | Canada Politics

If there is any basis to the speculation that Liberals and other Canadians are calling on Mark Carney to enter the public arena by seeking the leadership of the party, count me among them. I believe in talent and the power of ideas. Carney has both. This guy would be a game-changer in all the right ways, not only for the Liberal Party, but also for Canadian democracy.