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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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> He lives in Vancouver.
Just One More Shocking Example of Canada's Failing Healthcare

Just One More Shocking Example of Canada's Failing Healthcare System

Jacquie was mentally ill, this much was clear, but after age 12 her parents didn't have the ability to force her into treatment, where they knew she belonged. Sure enough, with Jacquie living on her own and untreated, she launched a horrific attack with a saw on two neighbours, a mother and a daughter, who nearly died. Jacquie was found criminally not responsible for the attacks. The two doctors who refused to deal with and treat a severely ill young lady remain in place today. They are hidden deep in a broken medical system that protects them, but also sucks them in as a new kind of unintended victim of a sick health care bureaucracy.
08/23/2012 07:49 EDT
If Politicians Won't Fix Healthcare, Maybe This Doctor

If Politicians Won't Fix Healthcare, Maybe This Doctor Will

Does our belief in, and desire to have, a public universal health care system conflict with our human and individual right to have timely access to the care we need if the system is not responsive? That is the question that will soon be before the courts. Dr. Brian Day, former president of the Canadian Medical Association, is forcing the issue. He is now CEO of a private, for-profit hospital in Vancouver. We aren't supposed to have those in Canada, but we do. Everywhere. Why? Because there is a huge market demand for timely and quality health care that is not being met by the public system.
08/21/2012 02:10 EDT
While Other Parties Swerve, Libs Stay in Centre

While Other Parties Swerve, Libs Stay in Centre Lane

The new conventional wisdom that Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair are jockeying for "the centre" is laughable. The only objective is political power, nothing more. The Liberal Party of Canada is the country's one and only authentic centrist party. Liberals have never strayed far from the sensible and vital centre in economic, social, or foreign policy.
08/17/2012 12:19 EDT
The Canada Health Act Is a Cruel Deception, Not Best in the

The Canada Health Act Is a Cruel Deception, Not Best in the World

Medicare and the CHA have reached <a href="" target="_hplink">mythical proportions</a> in Canada. It is an untouchable "sacred trust." Those that dare question it -- much less talk of reform -- are virtually branded enemies of the state. I experienced this first hand last year when as a candidate in the general election I had the temerity to point out a simple fact: Canada does not have the "best healthcare system in the world," as all politicians have told us for years. In fact, that is a cruel deception. And CHA is nothing more than a hollow and toothless statement of intention and principles, has been the most untouchable of scared cows of Canadian politics since 1984. All three national parties kneel at its altar.
08/15/2012 08:03 EDT
Could Quebec Go the Way of

Could Quebec Go the Way of Greece?

For decades, the province has been sleepwalking in the illusion of its success as a social democracy. Tragically, that dangerous mindset has become entrenched in the minds of a new generation that has known nothing else. Should the PQ emerge victorious in the upcoming election, and successfully negotiate a separation, Quebec could become far worse than Greece -- and without a European Community equivalent eager to bail it out.
08/09/2012 01:14 EDT
The Politician Who Will Change Calgary

The Politician Who Will Change Calgary Stereotypes

Calgary continues to suffer from a stereotype that has been affixed to it largely by people that don't know, and for the most part, have never stepped foot in this city. A couple of weeks ago, a guy named "Calgary Joe", burst onto the political stage. This man embodies 21st-century Calgary.
08/07/2012 05:37 EDT
Christy Clark's

Christy Clark's "Leadership" Belongs on A Reality Show, Not Real Life

Clark is the perfect stereotype of a career politico. She has shown that just because you can get it elected it doesn't mean you can govern. Clark's latest smoke-and-mirror act -- in which she requested B.C. receive a "fair share" of the Enbridge pipeline proceeds -- hit the national stage with a thud.
07/30/2012 05:37 EDT
It's Not a (Liberal) Party Without

It's Not a (Liberal) Party Without Bob

Last week I dropped in to see Bob Rae at his Parliament Hill office. We were alone, and he was in a very reflective mood. I left with the sense that he had made up his mind not to seek the permanent leadership of the Liberal Party. After hearing the news, while I have great respect for his decision, I am disappointed.
06/13/2012 01:35 EDT
Why the Liberals Should Not Merge With the

Why the Liberals Should Not Merge With the NDP

Over the weekend a new poll was published that said a majority of Liberal and NDP supporters are in favour of merging. I'm not one of them. This isn't a matter of political expediency. I'm mystified at why so many Liberals appear so ready to fold the tent and call it a day on one of the most impactful institutions in Canadian history.
06/12/2012 01:03 EDT
Why Liberals Need Bob

Why Liberals Need Bob Rae

Another week, another "will he or won't he" media look at Bob Rae and the Liberal Party. It has yet to sink in to for some Liberals that the leadership is a poisoned chalice and the "brand" is profoundly damaged and must be substantively redefined.
06/08/2012 06:05 EDT
Before You Blame the Oil Sands, Look at the

Before You Blame the Oil Sands, Look at the Facts

As a Liberal candidate during the 2011 federal election, many people insisted that I take a firm stand against Alberta's oil sands. I simply wouldn't do that. I urged voters to think about what they were asking me to do. Why were people ready to insist on such a radical and destructive position when they had very few facts at their disposal?
06/05/2012 08:01 EDT
Harper's Iron-Fist Rule a Nod to Chretien, not

Harper's Iron-Fist Rule a Nod to Chretien, not Machiavelli

After reneging on his anti-Bill C-38 statement, David Wilks stressed that he had no choice but to vote with the government, saying that's "how Ottawa works." But to those demonizing Harper for this, let us not kid ourselves: Harper has only improved, refined -- and has taken much too far -- the model first introduced by the Liberal Party of Canada and its leaders.
05/30/2012 05:21 EDT
Yes Flaherty, There are

Yes Flaherty, There are "Bad Jobs" if You Didn't Go to Princeton

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's "no bad job" wisecrack is strangely ironic coming from someone who has spent a vast majority of his professional life, much like many of his cabinet colleagues, on the government payroll. There are plenty of "bad jobs," and millions of people go to them every day.
05/28/2012 03:12 EDT
Are Canadian Politics Getting as Ugly as U.S.

Are Canadian Politics Getting as Ugly as U.S. Politics?

For some politicians, smearing an opponent and telling lies is just another day at the office. Until the Canadian public declares that this kind of cheap and gutter politics is unworthy of those that offer to stand for office, it will continue. There is something that we need to do, and it's up to us, not politicians, to enact this change.
05/22/2012 02:51 EDT
Mulcair's Ploy to Spread (Dutch)

Mulcair's Ploy to Spread (Dutch) Disease

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's recent meditations on an economic phenomenon known as "Dutch Disease" illustrates again that the NDP and their new leader are far from ready for prime time. That does not mean there is not a kernel of truth in Mulcair's statements.
05/18/2012 12:19 EDT
Is Canada Scared of the New

Is Canada Scared of the New "Asian Tiger"?

Vietnam has a robust and dynamic merchant class and a thriving emerging middle class. This is a huge untapped market for Canada. The problem is not the Canadian government; it is the natural conservatism and risk-adverse mindset of Canadian business.
04/25/2012 07:40 EDT
Don't Let the Roar of F-35s Drown Out the Robocall

Don't Let the Roar of F-35s Drown Out the Robocall Scandal

In light of the unprecedented incompetence exposed by the Auditor General on the F-35 procurement scandal, the swirl of parliamentary and media attention surrounding the other simmering scandal of fraudulent robocols has died down somewhat. But the issue will not go away because a fraud occurred and Canadians must find out what happened.
04/05/2012 02:26 EDT
Goldman Sachs? Meet the

Goldman Sachs? Meet the Robocalls...

In a powerful op-ed in the <em>New York Times</em>, Greg Smith, a senior executive at Goldman Sachs, called the environment at the firm "as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it." Sounds a lot like modern politics in Canada.
03/14/2012 05:22 EDT
Harper Could Make This a Happier Women's

Harper Could Make This a Happier Women's Day

The Harper government recently forced the daughter of a war bride to file an action in the Federal Court to gain her citizenship because, although she grew up in Canada, she was born out of wedlock. What does that say about the fundamental human and civil rights of Canadian women, especially on the day we celebrate their great strides?
03/08/2012 10:02 EST
Harper Doth Protest Too

Harper Doth Protest Too Much

Stephen Harper's response was too quick, too defensive, too abrasive, and too angry to be credible. This was not a reflexive response, either. It was a strategic one, clearly designed to signal to Conservative staff and consultants that everything will be fine and they will ride this out so long as people stay with the script and don't talk.
03/04/2012 11:54 EST