Conservative Senator Daniel Lang speaks to host Catherine Clark about his life Beyond Politics.
Mr. Lang was appointed to the Red Chamber in 2009 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper after spending nearly 20 years in the Yukon territorial legislature. Born in Dawson Creek, B.C., Lang came to Whitehorse when he was 10. Mr. Lang’s father was in construction, and it was a career Dan pursued after attending the University of Alaska, where he was one of several Canadians on the school’s hockey team: the Nanooks.
After a few years working in construction in the Yukon, Mr. Lang was approached to run for the Territorial Council. He won. He was 26, but he was only following a tradition of public service that has enjoyed a long tradition in the Lang family. Mr. Lang’s grandfather was mayor of Medicine Hat and enjoyed a further ten years as MLA in the provincial capital. His grandfather’s brother, Malcolm Lang was the MP for Timmins back in the 1920’s. Lang himself served as an MLA in the Yukon legislature, Minister of the Crown, and even opposition leader before leaving politics to take on a new career in real estate. Mr. Lang lives in Whitehorse with his wife Valerie Hodgson.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.