Jenny Kwan

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Jenny Kwan
Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers
of British Columbia
In office
February 29, 2000 – June 5, 2001
Premier Ujjal Dosanjh
Preceded by Jan Pullinger
Succeeded by George Abbott
Minister of Women's Equality
of British Columbia
In office
July 21, 1999 – February 24, 2000
Premier Glen Clark, Dan Miller
Preceded by Penny Priddy
Succeeded by Evelyn Gillespie
Minister of Municipal Affairs
of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – July 21, 1999
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Michael Farnworth
Succeeded by Jim Doyle
MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
Assumed office
Preceded by Mike Harcourt
Personal details
Born Hong Kong
Political party New Democratic

Jenny Wai Ching Kwan (Chinese: 關慧貞; pinyin: Guān Huìzhēn)(born in 1967) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian politician. She is a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of British Columbia for the riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, and a senior member of the provincial caucus of the New Democratic Party.

Personal life[edit]

Kwan emigrated to Canada at age nine from Hong Kong. She speaks both English and Cantonese. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and was a community legal advocate in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside before entering politics. Kwan lives in East Vancouver, with her husband, daughter, son and stepson.[1]

Short film acting appearance[edit]

Between the 2001 and 2005 elections, Kwan was invited by director Ling Chiu to play the part of eldest sister in the 2004 short film A Fortune In Frozen Dim Sum.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Vancouver city councillor[edit]

In 1993, Kwan became the youngest-ever member of Vancouver City Council at only 26. She was the sole representative of the civic party known as COPE throughout her term on council.[1]

Provincial politics[edit]

In 1996, Kwan entered provincial politics deciding to run as the NDP candidate for the electoral district of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, in East Vancouver. She succeeded former Premier Mike Harcourt.

In her first legislative term, Kwan served in several positions, including as the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Women's Equality and Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers.

In 2001, Kwan, along with Joy MacPhail, was one of only two NDP MLAs to survive the party's electoral defeat.[2][3] She was also re-elected in 2005 and again on May 12, 2009,[1] where she received 11,196 votes or 64% of the vote.[4]

Leadership controversy, December 2010[edit]

On December 1, Kwan released a statement to the media criticizing NDP party leader Carole James, and calling for an immediate leadership convention.[3][5][6] In response to Kwan's statement, James called an emergency caucus session to address opposition to her continued leadership.[7][8] Before the caucus meeting was held, however, James announced her resignation as party leader.[9][10]

Kwan claims she has no plans to run for the leadership of the party.[11]


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