David Xiao

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David Xiao
David Hui Xiao Canadian businessman and politician,.jpg
MLA for Edmonton-McClung
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Mo Elsalhy
Personal details
Born (1960-11-17) November 17, 1960 (age 53)
Guizhou Province, China
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Alice
Children Allen and Andrew
Occupation Businessperson

David Hui Xiao (born November 17, 1960) is a Canadian businessman and politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Edmonton-McClung as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Xiao was born in Guizhou Province in southwest China. His father was an accountant in the coal mining industry and his mother was a teacher. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the Beijing Second Language Institute, Xiao began working as a translator and eventually got into business, which gave him the opportunity to travel to Canada. He moved his family to Edmonton during the Tiananmen protests in China, seeking freedom and opportunity.

In Canada, Xiao was a successful entrepreneur before entering public life, working in consulting, international trade, publishing, commercial real estate and marketing. As a business consultant, Xiao worked with some of the world's biggest companies, including Nortel, Bombardier, Motorola, and various Canadian publishing companies. In addition to the BA in English literature, Xiao has a diploma in geological science from the Beijing Institute of Mining. He has also studied business through NAIT and economics at the University of Alberta.

Political career[edit]

Xiao has spent a great deal of time trying to get elected to the federal government. He sought the Conservative Party nomination in several ridings on a number of occasions. Having been unsuccessful in all his federal attempts, Xiao turned his attention to provincial politics. Xiao first sought public office in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Edmonton-McClung. In that election, Xiao defeated first-term Liberal incumbent Mo Elsalhy by 1216 votes to win the riding. After the election, he was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration, Hector Goudreau. Politically, Xiao has been a member of the federal Reform and Canadian Alliance parties, and served on the Edmonton-Leduc board of directors for the Conservative Party of Canada.

Controversy[edit]

Xiao has been subject to criticism for hefty travel expenses. Xiao, whose constituency office is 13 k.m. from the Alberta Legislature, claimed travel expenses of nearly $35,000 in 2012 alone. Xiao claimed most of the expenses were for travel to Calgary.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Xiao is married to Alice and together they have two sons, Allen and Andrew. He also considers himself a tea connoisseur. He collects tea pots and enjoys cooking.[2]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Edmonton-McClung ) Turnout 45.8%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative David Xiao 7,159 49%
     Liberal Mo Elsalhy 5,943 41%
     NDP Bridget Stirling 924 6%
Greens Bryan Wyrostok 342 2%
     Wildrose Alliance Jassman Kristine 270 2%
Total 14,638 100%

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