Jane Shin

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Jane Shin
Jane Shin Podium.jpg
MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed
Incumbent
Assumed office
2013
Preceded by Harry Bloy
Personal details
Born (1980-05-07) May 7, 1980 (age 34)
South Korea
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Burnaby
Profession Healthcare education, medical doctorate graduate

Jane Jae Kyung Shin, MD (Korean: 신재경, Hanja: 申才炅) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2013 provincial election.[1] She represents the electoral district of Burnaby-Lougheed as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. Shin is the first Korean Canadian elected to the provincial legislature.[2]

Early life and education

Shin was born in South Korea and emigrated to Canada when she was 11 years old. Around her 16th birthday she was hospitalised for a serious health crisis which was attributed to leukemia[3][4] or aplastic anemia.[5] According to Shin, the experience made her a passionate advocate for Canada's health care system.[3]

Two months after her 16th birthday, Shin was awarded $400 by the City of Surrey as part of their inaugural Youth Recognition Awards.[6] As a child, Shin had volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross Society, Greenpeace, the Multicultural Society of B.C. and many others.[7][8]

"When my family's small ice cream store failed, my parents, in their 50s, found the courage to go back to school and earn their credentials in health care," Shin said in the Legislature. "My family is a testament to our fight to keep quality education accessible and affordable for all of us, even for the oldest, like my parents." She added, "I'll be continuing that good fight in this Legislature for our students, our families and our educators."[9]

Shin studied genetics and cell biology at the University of British Columbia for several years but did not receive an undergraduate degree.[10][11] Shin later completed a doctorate in medicine in 2007 from Spartan Health Sciences University in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, in the Caribbean, an institution recognised by the Medical Council of Canada.[12] During medical school, Shin performed clinical rotations at University of Edinburgh, Dalhousie University, and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.[11] Shin's rotation research at the Royal Victoria Infirmary of Newcastle upon Tyne co-authored two publications on chronic fatigue syndrome.[13][14]

Shin later decided that she preferred teaching over conventional medical practice,[10] and thus did not complete a residency[10] necessary to gain a license to practice medicine in British Columbia.[12] Shin has taught at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver Community College, and West Coast College of Massage Therapy.[2]

Provincial politics

Jane Shin Portrait in House

Shin's intention to seek the Burnaby-Lougheed NDP nomination under the party leadership of Adrian Dix was announced in May 2012.[15][16] Shin's competitor for the nomination was Craig Langston.[17] Shin won the nomination in November 2012, ahead of the 2013 provincial election.[18]

During the campaign, Shin faced allegations that she had misrepresented her educational credentials in her campaign materials, although she quickly corrected the misunderstandings and clarified that they were not intentional.[10]

Shin defeated Liberal candidate Ken Kramer, who replaced the retiring Harry Bloy who had held the riding for 12 years,[1] with 44.26% of the votes over Kramer's 40.59% and Green Party candidate Darwin Burns with only 8.23%, and B.C. Conservative candidate Christine Clark, who ran unaffiliated due to a paperwork glitch,[19] earned just 6.92% of total votes.[20][21] The confusion during the campaign and Shin's subsequent election victory earned her the 2013 Newsmaker of the Year title from Burnaby Now.[22]

Shin is currently the deputy spokesperson for Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism[23] in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, and serves on the Select Standing Committee for Health.[2] Shin had previously been assigned the Deputy Critic role for International Trade, Asia Pacific Strategy, Multiculturalism, Immigration, Intergovernmental Relations[24] and, prior to that, Small Business, Tourism, and Arts and Culture.[25]

Shin's first motion was a private member's bill to permit electronic petitions from the public to be accepted by the legislature.[26] The bill was designed to enhance petitioning with increased accessibility and efficiency said Shin in Victoria. “Electronic petitions can serve as a low-barrier entry point for our citizens, especially the youth, to communicate their concerns to this House.”[27]

Electoral results

British Columbia general election, 2013: Burnaby-Lougheed
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Jane Shin 8,952 44.26 $110,599
Liberal Ken Kramer 8,209 40.59 $71,316
Green Darwin Augustus Ivan Burns 1,665 8.23 $376
No affiliation Christine N. Clarke 1,399 6.92 $260
Total valid votes 20,225 100.00
Total rejected ballots
Turnout

References

  1. ^ a b "Burnaby-Lougheed results: Jane Shin takes riding for NDP". Global News, May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Legislative Assembly of British Columbia MLA Website". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 18 Sep 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Shin, Jane. "Introduce Candidates, Jane Shin". The VanKoreans, Vol. 1, Spring 2013. p. 43. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Shin, Dr. Jane (March 28, 2013). "Residents of Burnaby-Lougheed deserve a prudent, practical change". Indo-Canadian Voice. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Jane Shin’s candidate bio from the NDP". Burnaby Now blog. Metro Valley News. 
  6. ^ "City of Surrey By-law No. 12882". City of Surrey. 29 July 1996. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  7. ^ https://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/40thParl/shin-Jane.htm
  8. ^ "About Jane Shin". Dr. Jane Shin, BC NDP. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hansard, July 3, 2013, page 107". Hansard. Retrieved 18 Sep 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d Moreau, Jennifer (May 24, 2013). "Jane Shin speaks". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Chow, Wanda. "BC Liberals take aim at NDP's Shin". Burnaby NewsLeader. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Lee, Jeff. "NDP defends Jane Shin over 'chinkasaurus' comment while Liberals question her credentials". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  13. ^ JL Newton, MD, PhD, A Sheth, MD, J Shin, MD, J Pairman, K Wilton, JA Burt and DEJ Jones, MD, PhD "Lower Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." Psychosomatic Medicine April 2009, 71(3), 361-365
  14. ^ JL Newton, O Okonkwo, K Sutcliffe, A Seth, J Shin, DEJ Jones. "Symptoms of Autonomic Dysfunction in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." QJM 2007, 100(8), 519-526
  15. ^ Moreau, Jennifer (May 22, 2012). "Local doctor seeks Burnaby-Lougheed NDP nomination". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Staff Writer (May 22, 2012). "Update: Dr. Jane Shin seeks NDP nod in Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Chow, Wanda (September 17, 2012). "Two candidates seeking NDP nomination for Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Chow, Wanda (October 15, 2012). "Dr. Jane Shin wins NDP nod in Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Fuller-Evans, Janaya. "Two Burnaby B.C. Conservative candidates listed as "unaffiliated"". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.burnabynow.com/opinion/blogs/community-conversations-1.752422/final-burnaby-numbers-from-2013-provincial-election-1.796840
  21. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Final Results: NDP margin increases slightly". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Newsmaker of the year: Jane Shin Will the real Dr. Shin please stand up?". Burnaby Now. 27 Dec 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "New Democrat Caucus MLA Website". BC Official Opposition. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "New Democrat Official Opposition Backgrounder". 18 March 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Chow, Wanda. "Burnaby's 3 NDP MLAs get shadow cabinet posts". Burnaby NewsLeader. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Bill M 205, Electronic Petitions Act, 2014, 2nd Session, 40th Parliament, British Columbia, 2014". 24 March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  27. ^ Moreau, Jennifer (26 March 2014). "Jane Shin introduces e-petitions bill". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

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