Geng Tan

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Geng Tan
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Don Valley North
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by New riding
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 54–55)
Beijing, China
Political party Liberal
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Alma mater Hunan University,
University of Toronto

Geng Tan (simplified Chinese: 谭耕; traditional Chinese: 譚耕; pinyin: Tán Gēng; born 1963) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Don Valley North in the House of Commons of Canada in the Canadian federal election, 2015.[1] Tan is the first Canadian MP of a Mandarin-speaking background elected to the House of Commons.[2]

Nomination controversy[edit]

Tan's nomination as the Liberal Party candidate was one of several nomination controversies leading up to the 2015 election, where all three major parties promised open nominations. Tan was accused of almost solely signing up members of Mandarin-Chinese origin to contest the Liberal nomination in Don Valley North, defeating the favoured candidate by a large margin.[3] Tan's opponents accused the Liberal Party of pushing the nomination to a later date than it was originally planned, allowing Tan to sign up enough members to win the nomination. Tan's opponents also accused him of signing up members who did not pay for their memberships, calling the nomination "a farce."[4]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geng Tan 23,494 51.4 +14.1
Conservative Joe Daniel 17,279 37.8 -2.5
New Democratic Akil Sadikali 3,896 8.5 -12.3
Green Caroline Brown 1,018 2.2 +0.88
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $204,217.72
Total rejected ballots 259
Turnout 45,946
Eligible voters 71,812
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +8.3%
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]


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