|MLA for Edmonton-McClung|
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Mo Elsalhy|
|Succeeded by||Lorne Dach|
November 17, 1960 |
Guizhou Province, China
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Children||Allen and Andrew|
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.
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 Foreign Language University, 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 Square Protests of 1989, 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.
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.
On October 10, 2014, Xiao was disqualified by the Conservative Party of Canada from running for its nomination for the 2015 federal election in Edmonton West. The Party gave no reasons for their decision.
Xiao has been subject to criticism for hefty travel expenses. Xiao, whose constituency office is 13 km 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 and other neighbouring cities as he was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation.
On April 20, 2015, Xiao's campaign manager, Graham Fletcher, resigned after a series of posts to social media that other politicians described as deeply offensive and anti-muslim.
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.
|2008 Alberta general election results ( Edmonton-McClung )||Turnout 45.8%|
|Progressive Conservative||David Xiao||7,159||49%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Jassman Kristine||270||2%|
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