Chungsen Leung

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Chungsen Leung
MP
梁中心
Chungsen Leung 2015.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Willowdale
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Martha Hall Findlay
Personal details
Born (1950-07-14) July 14, 1950 (age 65)
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Political party Conservative
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Alma mater Carleton University
University of Southern California

Chungsen (C. S.) Leung, MP (Chinese: 梁中心) (born July 14, 1950) is a Taiwanese born Canadian businessman and politician, currently the MP for Willowdale[1][2] and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. Mr.Leung is also a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Immigration from Taiwan[edit]

Chungsen (C. S.) Leung was born in Taiwan and pursued his secondary education in Japan.[3] As the international community gradually recognized the mainland People's Republic of China in the 1960s, he feared that he could become stateless as a person born in Taiwan.[4] Thus, when the opportunity presented itself, he came to Canada to pursue his university education at Ottawa's Carleton University and adopted Canada as his new home. After spending eight years in Canada as an international student and as a landed immigrant, he became a citizen of Canada.[4] He met his wife while studying in Canada.

Education[edit]

He received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) at Carleton University specialized in Economics and Commerce. He also holds Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management and Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Career[edit]

Leung is an entrepreneur with business experiences in disaster mitigation management, urban mass transit projects, building environmentally friendly houses, air & water purification systems, sports equipment retailing and red deer farming. Chungsen also has business experience in the tourism and hospitality sector.

He was a business owner and chief executive officer of four Richmond Hill small and medium size enterprises, as well as, a past director and audit chair of the Xenos Group,[5] a Toronto Stock Exchange listed public company in software development and engineering, and a director with Active Growth Capital.[6][7]

His international business experience includes: being a member of numerous federal and provincial trade missions during the last two decades; the Toronto-Chongqing Sister City Twinning Mission; organizing the 1st Team Richmond Hill Mission to Asia Pacific; Richmond Hill – Shijiazhuang Sister City Twinning Mission, a member of the Advisory Board for Ontario Export Inc. and the bid team leader to host the 1997 World Chinese Entrepreneur Convention in Toronto.

Community involvement[edit]

As an active community participant,[8][9] Leung has been: founding president of the Richmond Hill & Markham Chinese Business Association, a corporate cabinet director of the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, a member of the Richmond Hill Naturalist, a director of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce and numerous other bi-lateral trade or business related associations.

Leung is a director of the York Central Hospital Foundation, and a director of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Foundation.[10]

Leung is a piper with the Royal Canadian Legion North York Branch.

In 2003, Leung and his wife, Deborah Chute, received five national “Green” awards for building their energy efficient and environmentally friendly house in Richmond Hill. These awards are: Enerquality Corporation for a super R-2000 house, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for a healthy home, Canadian Home Builder Association for best environmental practices, Enbridge for low gas consumption guarantee, and Enerwork for being one of the first to use solar energy heating.

Politics[edit]

Before becoming the Conservative Party candidate in 2011, he was previously the party's candidate for Richmond Hill in the 2008 federal election, losing to Liberal candidate Bryon Wilfert,[11] and the candidate for Willowdale representing the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 2000 federal election, losing to Liberal candidate Jim Peterson.[12]

Leung was successfully elected to the House in 2011, and has served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism since 5 May 2011.[13] Leung is also the Vice Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association and the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group.[14]

During a video-taped meeting organized by The Association of North American Ethnic Journalists & Writers in January 2015, Leung, the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, was questioned over the closure of the Canadian embassy in Iran. One of the off-camera attendees remarked: "They never said they would use their Nuclear Weapons, they never said that. They never even admitted that they had nuclear weapons".,[15] to which Leung replied "Let me ask you, if you like Iran so much, then why do you come to Canada?"[16] This was a comment which angered some of those present, and Leung sent an email statement shortly after the incident stating that it was not his "intention to offend anyone. I regret if some attendees felt offended." [16]

During the 41st Parliament Leung sat on the Standing Committees for Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM),[17] Official Languages (LANG),[18] and the Library of Parliament (BILI),[19] as well as on the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure on the Standing Committee for Citizenship and Immigration (SCIM),.[20] Leung was a member of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11, an Act to amend the Copyright Act (CC11).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?. elections.ca, April 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Conservative Party of Canada Willowdale Electoral District Association Candidate of Record willowdaleconservative.ca, April 19, 2011
  3. ^ 联邦大选 梁中心为保守党出征
  4. ^ a b From Taiwan's shores to Canadian MP, in one generation
  5. ^ Chungsen Leung: Executive Profile and Biography - Businessweek businessweek.com, April 19, 2011
  6. ^ Active Growth Capital Inc (ACK.V) People Reuters.com Reuters.com April 22, 2011
  7. ^ Company Summary TSX April 22, 2011
  8. ^ Federal Election Willowdale N.E. Neighbourhood Association willowdaleneighbourhood.ca, April 19, 2011
  9. ^ Richmond Hill Naturalists Blog rhnaturalists.ca, April 22, 2011
  10. ^ TRCA Board of Directors trca.on.ca, April 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Richmond Hill - Canada Votes - CBC.ca cbc.ca, April 19, 2011.
  12. ^ Elections Canada Poll-by-poll Result Files, 1997 and 2000 General Elections. elections.ca, April 18, 2011.
  13. ^ "Chungsen Leung". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Chungsen Leung". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Meet & Greet with Pierre Poilievre and Chungsen Leung. Part 3/6". Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Toronto MP issues apology after comments anger Iranian-Canadians". CTV. January 27, 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "House of Commons Committees - CIMM (41-2) - Membership". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "House of Commons Committees - LANG (41-2) - Membership". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Parliamentary Joint Committees - ARCHIVE (41-1) – Memberships". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "House of Commons Committees - SCIM (41-2) - Membership". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 

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