Daniel D. Veniez
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

When a Better Canada Comes Before Politics

(43) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 8:39 AM

Probably one of the less noticed but significant things to happen in the 2015 election cycle were some compliments of Justin Trudeau from an unlikely source: former Progressive Conservative Party Leader Brian Mulroney.

For those who know him, Mr. Mulroney’s public expression of Mr. Trudeau's formidable political...

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The Leader is Important, But Candidates Matter Too

(14) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Last week's Globe and Mail debate in Calgary was a lively exchange between the three main party leaders. General elections are almost always votes on political parties and their leaders, and this one is no exception. When we cast our ballot, most of us believe that we are voting for...

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How Vietnam Is Putting Other ASEAN Countries on the Map

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:09 PM

In the past 20 years, Vietnam has come out from the ravages of war to become as some prominent observers have called the "New Asian Tiger". It is emerging as a key economic and geo-strategic pillar of Southeast Asian stability.

Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, is the chief...

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Vietnam: The True Measure of Dung's Legacy

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:53 PM

On my sixth trip to Vietnam in 2007 I introduced myself to officials at the Canadian Embassy in Hanoi. Our diplomats abroad have never failed to impress me. My first meeting with Canada's senior embassy staff in Hanoi was no exception. But this time, it was also profoundly jarring.

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What the Trudeau Effect Has Done for the Liberal Party

(26) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Some professional politicians appeal to the lowest common denominator in us. Knowing that fear is the most potent of political weapons, they employ it with ruthless cunning. Cynicism is a tool to be manipulated for maximum electoral advantage. Their discourse and action is consistently laced with "me." Inherently insecure in...

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Trudeau's Stance on Abortion Was About Freedom

(33) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Last week, Justin Trudeau declared he stands squarely with a woman's right to decide what's in her best interests. He has unambiguously made tangible the predominant consensus within the Liberal Party of Canada that a woman has the right to access abortion services if she so chooses.

This position...

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If Women Are Rocks Why Treat Them Like Dirt?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:45 PM

A few years ago, my 72-year-old mother, Micheline, died of cancer. Her love, nurturing, sense of humour, loyalty, duty and compassion were legend. She was the cement that held our family together. Through tough times -- and there were many -- I never once heard my mother protest. Even as...

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

(47) 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

(26) 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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