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Daniel D. Veniez

Entrepreneur and Corporate Director; Liberal Party of Canada Candidate in the 2011 General Election

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.
Liberal Leadership Debate: Six Candidates Should Step

Liberal Leadership Debate: Six Candidates Should Step Aside

Saturday's federal leadership gathering made it clear that six of these candidates should step aside and call it a day. They have no prospect of winning and they've made whatever point they wanted to make. Their vanity project has run its course and 15 minutes are up.
02/17/2013 10:05 EST
You Can't

You Can't "Modernize" an Act of Faith

In an era of rapid technological, social, and economic transformation, there is a comforting tranquility in the rock of Catholicism and its institutions. It may be tough for non-Catholics or non-believers to grasp, but the Church isn't in business to adapt to the ever-changing dispositions of our society.
02/15/2013 06:07 EST
Don't Disparage Democracy If You're Not Doing Your

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

We say that the system is "broken," which gives us an expedient justification for shirking our responsibilities as citizens. We are voting less and participating less, and are increasingly disengaged from our public life. But democracy is not a one-way street.
02/10/2013 09:29 EST
Liberal Leadership Candidates Who Call for

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

Repetitive softball questions do nothing to advance the public policy discourse Liberals say we need. At least these Liberals, at Saturday's interview in Winnipeg, appear to believe that weed, cheaper milk and eggs, rural farming, and a pipeline that will never see the light of day, are important enough to virtually monopolize two hours.
02/04/2013 05:45 EST
Defeating Harper Is Not Reason Enough to Sleep with the

Defeating Harper Is Not Reason Enough to Sleep with the NDP

High on the "to-do" list of some of the Liberal Party of Canada's self-described "progressives" is legalizing pot, banning pipelines to BC's West Coast, and of course, cooperation with the NDP. None of those should be on the top 30 list, much less top three, for the next leader of the Liberal Party. If there is a flaw anywhere it is with a political parties that have not been relevant to a majority of Canadians, particularly on issues they care about. Instead of issues like legalizing weed and proportional representation, Liberals for instance, must and are focused on the economic bread and butter ones that deeply impact our lives.
01/29/2013 05:33 EST
The Public Lynching of John Furlong Isn't In The Public

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

I don't know John Furlong. What I do know is that once again, without knowing the facts, the character and hard-won reputation of a human being is being ripped to pieces and likely irreparably damaged. Nevertheless, it is treated as bombshell "news," and reported as such. Even worse, journalists pretend -- or at least may have convinced themselves -- that repeating them is somehow in the "public interest." What is happening to Furlong is a nothing less than a public lynching.
01/24/2013 12:13 EST
Trudeau's Celebrity Should Be Seen as a

Trudeau's Celebrity Should Be Seen as a Plus

Some suggest that Trudeau's "celebrity" is somehow a disadvantage. Yet, that is an incredible asset that most political parties would kill for. His critics demonstrate a triteness and unbecoming envy. The pertinent question is what Trudeau has done with his celebrity. He could have done anything. The alternatives would have been considerably more lucrative, nowhere near as grueling, and wouldn't have subjected him and his family to a constant barrage of scrutiny, ridicule and attack. Instead, he has chosen public and national service every time. It has become his vocation.
01/21/2013 05:36 EST
Why Hating Politicians Doesn't Help

Why Hating Politicians Doesn't Help Us

The great irony is that we have become scornful of the very people whose mission it is to advance our collective well-being. Are politicians "only in it for themselves," to paraphrase the devastating and ridiculous personal attack ad on Michael Ignatieff? No they are not. Not even close. Our negative perceptions of politicians and the political process are ultimately at variance with our own self-interest.
11/16/2012 05:12 EST
Don't Blame Trudeau for Being

Don't Blame Trudeau for Being Popular

Justin Trudeau launched his campaign this week and did it as well as any one I've seen in a long time. Much of the commentary -- including commentary from some Liberals -- has taken on a decidedly personal character. This is uncalled for, cheap, and I think tinged with more than a bit of envy. It's as if they think that somehow Trudeau is in control of the attention he has received.
10/04/2012 05:20 EDT
Calling Trudeau's Credentials Thin? A Fat

Calling Trudeau's Credentials Thin? A Fat Lie

Today, Justin Trudeau launches his campaign to become the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. As he does, there is concern that the hyperventilation surrounding Trudeau's candidacy and his status as a bona fide celebrity and political rock star is sucking all life out of this "wide open" race. The hypocrisy of pouncing on Justin Trudeau's "thin" professional record is nauseating. Arguably, Trudeau has a more substantive and varied background and education in the real world than Joe Clark, Stockwell Day, and Stephen Harper combined before they became leaders.
10/02/2012 08:08 EDT
Move Over Trudeau, Mark Carney's Got it

Move Over Trudeau, Mark Carney's Got it All

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.
09/28/2012 08:11 EDT
China's Big, Bad,

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

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.
09/27/2012 08:42 EDT
Only We Can Put an End to Ugly

Only We Can Put an End to Ugly 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.
09/25/2012 05:53 EDT
Meet the RCMP Officer Who's Guilty of Crimes She Didn't

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

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.
09/23/2012 07:18 EDT
Watch Out, Christy Clark There's an Orange Wave

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

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.
09/21/2012 12:24 EDT
You Can So Teach an Old (Liberal) Dog New

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

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.
09/17/2012 12:06 EDT
Canada Needs More Leaders Like Peter

Canada Needs More Leaders Like Peter Lougheed

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.
09/14/2012 07:55 EDT
First on House of Commons Agenda? An Overdue

First on House of Commons Agenda? An Overdue Apology

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.
09/11/2012 05:17 EDT
What Carney Meant to Say to Corporations: You're Fat And Lazy. Time to

What Carney Meant to Say to Corporations: You're Fat And Lazy. Time to Exercise

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney took a lot of flack last week for articulating a fact: companies have a lot of "dead money" on their balance sheets. But Carney was getting at a larger issue: Canadian companies take caution to an extreme and do not think and act more globally. Carney may have been too polite to say it, but many senior executives and boards in Canada are slow, bureaucratic, self-satisfied, defensive and extremely conservative. What Canada needs more of are corporate leaders who have the drive, the fire in their belly, and the thirst and sophistication to conquer the world.
08/28/2012 07:55 EDT
Let's Stop Deluding Ourselves And Fix Medicare

Let's Stop Deluding Ourselves And Fix Medicare Now

Many Canadians have developed an insidious culture of self-satisfaction that comes with being told repetitively by politicians and media that we have "the best health care system in the world." We have somehow taken this patent lie as a slice of authentic Canadiana. It makes us feel good, safe and comfortable. But you don't have a "comprehensive and universal" system if it takes two years to get a hip replaced, or eight months to get an MRI after a hard knock to the head. How can we keep a straight face and call our system a caring and "universal" one if many have no where to go?
08/24/2012 07:58 EDT