Michael Chan (Canadian politician)
|Michael Chan at The Canadian Film Centre Annual BBQ on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario|
February 8, 2007
|Preceded by||Tony Wong|
Michael Chan (Chinese: 陳國治) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2007. He represents the riding of Markham-Unionville. He has served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.
Chan was born in Guangdong, before moving to Hong Kong and migrating to Canada with his family in 1969, when he was 18. He has since maintained close ties, and confirmed in a 2008 interview with Xinhua News Agency that he had visited China over 70 times since the early 1980s. He told the reporter, "strictly speaking, I’m Canadian, but I have been always paying attention to the root of my culture. I am much concerned with Chinese affairs."
Chan was elected in a February 8, 2007 by-election, necessitated by the resignation of former Liberal MPP Tony Wong, who left his seat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to successfully run for York Regional Council in 2006. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.
In February, 2007 he was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Revenue. In October 2007, after the election he was moved to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In 2010 he was moved again to Minister of Tourism, Culture. A year later the mandate of the ministry was changed slightly to include Sport issues. In November 2012 he assumed the roles Citizenship and Immigration and responsibility for the Pan/Parapan American Games from Charles Sousa when Sousa announced he was running for the leadership of the Liberal Party.
In February 2013, when Kathleen Wynne took over as the new Premier, she confirmed Chan in his roles as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. In June 2014, Wynne appointed Chan as the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
|Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Michael Coteau||Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
|Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet Posts (4)|
|Charles Sousa||Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Also Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games (to June 2014)
|Monique Smith & Aileen Carroll||Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Minister of Tourism and Culture before 2011
|Gerry Phillips||Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
|Minister of Revenue
|MarkhamOntario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007:|
|Progressive Conservative||Alex Yuan||6,420||34.87%||−5.46|
|New Democratic||Janice Hagan||1,492||8.10%||+3.02|
|Family Coalition||Patrick Redmond||135||0.73%||−0.59|
|Total valid votes||18,411||100.00|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Markham—Unionville|
|Progressive Conservative||Ki Kit Li||9,581||27.00|
|New Democratic||Andy Arifin||2,599||7.32|
|Family Coalition||Leon Williams||345||0.97|
|Total valid votes||35,490||100.0|
|Ontario general election, 2011: Markham—Unionville|
|Progressive Conservative||Shan Thayaparan||11,720||31.47||+4.47|
|New Democratic||P.C. Choo||4,575||12.29||+4.97|
|Total valid votes||37,237||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||284||0.76|
|Ontario general election, 2014|
|Progressive Conservative||Shan Thayaparan||14,241||33.98||+2.51|
|New Democratic||Nadine Kormos Hawkins||4,205||10.03||-2.26|
|Total valid votes||41,916||100.0|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
- The position was re-established after remaining vacant since 1993.
- Ghoreishi, Omid (September 28, 2011). "Ontario Minister Asked Festival to Ban Newspaper to Please Chinese Consul, Says Source". The Epoch Times. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "General Election by District: Markham-Unionville". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014.
- Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13.
- "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record (Kitchener, Ont). February 12, 2013. p. A3.
- Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star.