Daniel D. Veniez
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Dan is president of DDV Enterprises Ltd., an investment and management services company and is a corporate director. He was the Liberal Party of Canada's candidate for the the House of Commons for the constituency of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country in the 2011 federal election.

Throughout his varied career, Dan has been an owner, chief executive, senior executive of a large publicly traded company, a partner in a major strategy consultancy, an operating advisor to a major private equity fund, chairman of a federal Crown Corporation, and policy advisor to senior cabinet ministers in the Government of Canada.

Dan has authored numerous articles on business, public policy, and politics for The Globe and Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Policy Options Magazine, The Mark, Vancouver Observer, among others.

He lives in Vancouver.

Entries by Daniel D. Veniez

Think Quebec's Going to Separate? Take a Valium!

(49) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:00 AM

As expected, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has called an election this week. Recently published surveys appear to suggest that her Parti Quebecois government is tracking toward a majority government. Predictably, the political and pundit class in English Canada are hyperventilating at the prospect of a referendum on Quebec...

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Nguyen Tan Dung: The Driving Force Behind Vietnam's Transformation

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 10:45 PM

HANOI - The road to reform is always fraught with obstacles and minefields. The people of Vietnam understand these all too well. They have a great deal of experience with both.

From our snug perch in the West, it is far too easy for us to express righteous indignation at...

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"Wood First" Should Make Way for Canada First

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:57 PM

In recent months, some members of the concrete and steel industry have taken exception to the "Wood First" movement that has been growing across Canada.

The Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association published a stinging advertisement that ridicules the wood first campaign. Two weeks ago, they...

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Verizon "Not Fair" to Canada? Baloney!

(74) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Like many of my friends, I am bemused by the intensity and tone of the advertising onslaught being waged by Bell, Telus, and Rogers aimed at preventing Verizon from entering the Canadian market. I come to this "debate" with two distinct biases:

1. I have had more than my...

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Letter To a Priest

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 4:06 PM

I was 23 years old on September 11, 1984, where along with 65,000 other young people, I attended Mass with John Paul II at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. You could hear a pin drop in that mammoth stadium as the Pope delivered his message.

"What claims to be a shortcut...

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Will Canada Take Advantage of the Chinese Effect?

(10) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:44 PM

China's economic Great Leap Forward stands as one of the defining images of the closing moments of the 20th century. Now an economic powerhouse, China, and its $3.3 trillion in foreign exchange reserves are viewed by some with fear and trepidation. Others see it as an immense opportunity...

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Father John and Me

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 5:29 PM

I was born, baptised and confirmed a Catholic and attended Roman Catholic schools until I reached college. But I could never relate to the Church. For most of my life I have hopped from church to church looking for a priest that I could connect with. With a fundamentally weak...

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Was Brent Rathgeber's Stand Too Little Too Late?

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 9:02 PM

Like most Canadians, before last week I had never heard of Alberta Conservative MP, Brent Rathgeber. How downright refreshing it was to hear a member of the House of Commons talk fervently about the vital role of the legislative branch as a check on executive power.

Too bad that conviction...

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How Dirty Hands Win Campaigns

(27) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:23 PM

It was once a maxim in politics that governments defeat themselves. They invariably run out of steam, get tired, complacent, arrogant. That is when mistakes are made and "scandals" erupt that devour government time, energy, and morale. Agendas -- to the extent they even exist late in a government's life...

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This Isn't Your Grandmother's Liberal Party

(15) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 8:20 AM

Despite whatever neurosis may be at play (and there's a lot), at the heart of any politician is a profound desire to serve their community and country.

I was no exception. Although the increasing coarseness of our public life has greatly diminished the respect with which we hold our...

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Vietnam Becomes an Asian Tiger

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:46 PM

While in Hanoi last week, I attended mass at Saint Joseph's (Hanoi), a beautiful neo-gothic Cathedral built by the French in 1886. I was reminded that for the better part of 2,000 years, the Vietnamese people have been fighting to free themselves from occupying foreign powers. Less than 40 years...

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Adrian Dix and the Cynical B.C. Liberals

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 7:37 AM

British Columbia's Opposition Leader, Adrian Dix, isn't surprised the budget tabled by the B.C. Liberal government plagiarized major features of NDP policy. What genuinely astonishes Dix is the unconcealed cynicism of the B.C. Liberals. "The public deserves better than a government that sees the budget as an exercise...

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Why Free Trade Within Canada Is an Illusion

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Free trade within Canada remains an illusion. It doesn't exist. Which makes Ottawa's self-righteous homilies
to the European Union on the evils of trade protectionism an even more unqualified hypocrisy.

In its report, "Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness", the Canadian Chamber...

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Liberal Leadership Debate: Six Candidates Should Step Aside

(34) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Let's face it: nine people on a stage can't have a "debate." Saturday's federal leadership gathering wasn't one, either. But it was slightly more entertaining than the first two.

Six of these candidates should step aside and call it a day. They have no prospect of winning and they've...

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You Can't "Modernize" an Act of Faith

(55) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Much of the Catholic world was stunned by the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign the papacy at the end of this month. Benedict's timing cannot be coincidental.

The declaration came a few days before the start of Lent. That is the forty days...

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Don't Disparage Democracy If You're Not Doing Your Part

(6) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 7:06 PM

In December, the non-profit organization Samara reported that Canadians' satisfaction with democracy is at an all-time low -- 55% -- down 20 points in just eight years.That same research found only 27% of Canadians think Ottawa deals with the issues they care about satisfactorily. As the Samara report's...

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Liberal Leadership Candidates Who Call for "Substance" Must Show Some

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:34 AM

Former Paul Martin cabinet minister Jean Lapierre called the Liberal leadership interviews in Winnipeg on Saturday an "Épreuve de patience." Roughly translated: An ordeal and a test of patience.

Some observers may find that characterization rather charitable.

Like the U.S. primary debates, it would have been far better,...

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Defeating Harper Is Not Reason Enough to Sleep with the NDP

(121) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 3:28 PM

Some are making impassioned pleas for cooperation among "progressives" to "beat Stephen Harper". Those that throw out the term "progressive" are loath to describe its meaning in a Canadian context.

Progressives are generally considered to represent the left or far left. They typically view business as a necessary evil....

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The Public Lynching of John Furlong Isn't In The Public Interest

(27) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:52 AM

In a country like ours, freedom of the press can sometimes conflict with other fundamental tenets of our society such as fairness and respect for due process. Journalists push those boundaries, and often do so in the high-minded name of the "public interest." However, rights -- even Charter rights --...

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Trudeau's Celebrity Should Be Seen as a Plus

(38) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Last year, MP Dominic LeBlanc observed that the campaign to select the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada shouldn't be about raising one's profile, but a test of vision and ideas among leading politicians. He was right about that.

Nine people have officially registered as...

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