Han Dong (politician)
Han Dong at an all candidates meeting, May 2018
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
June 12, 2014 – June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Rosario Marchese|
|Succeeded by||Chris Glover|
1977 (age 40–41)|
Dong was born in Shanghai, China. He moved to Toronto with his family when he was 13 and they settled in the Parkdale area of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife Sophie and their two children.
Dong worked as marketing director of Chianti Foods and then with the non-profit Canada Shanghai Business Association. Since making the switch to politics, he spent nine years at Queen’s Park serving as Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Gerry Phillips’s MPP liaison, and most recently as a senior adviser of community outreach under then Citizenship and Immigration Minister Michael Coteau.
In February 2016, he introduced a private member's bill to license and regulate the Ontario home inspection industry, which prompted the Ontario Liberal government to draft its own government legislation for that purpose.
In March 2017 Dong introduced another private member's bill, the Reliable Elevators Act, setting time limits on repairs of elevators in residential buildings. The bill was successfully passed. Dong noted the hardship out of service elevators posed to the elderly, and to parents whose children required strollers.
- Kalinowski, Tess (June 5, 2014). "Grits hope to unseat NDP in busy Trinity-Spadina". Toronto Star. p. GT1.
- Hennessy, Angela (June 13, 2014). "Grits tighten grip on downtown Toronto". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on 2016-09-14.
“I’ve had an uphill battle, but the momentum has grown, especially in these last few days,” said Dong who won with nearly 50 per cent of the vote. “I’ve had such positive feedback at the doors.”
- Fatima, Sahar (July 11, 2014). "How Han Dong painted Trinity-Spadina Liberal red". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2017-03-22.
The red tide was in full swing less than three weeks earlier in the long-held NDP provincial riding when newbie politician Mr. Dong snatched the Trinity-Spadina seat at Queen’s Park from Rosario Marchese, who had represented the area for 24 years.
Rachel Mendleson (2014-06-12). "Liberal candidate Han Dong wins Trinity-Spadina riding in Ontario election". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
Heading into Thursday’s vote, the race was seen as too close to call in a riding where a trio of concurrent election campaigns — municipal, provincial and federal — crowded front lawns, and at times confused voters.
- "General Election by District: Trinity-Spadina". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014.
- McMahon, Tamsin (August 17, 2016). "Ontario to introduce regulations for home inspections". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
Robert Benzie (2017-03-22). "Toronto MPP pushing elevator-repair law". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
Liberal Han Dong (Trinity-Spadina) on Wednesday introduced a private member’s bill that would force elevators to be fixed within a week in long-term care facilities and retirement homes and two weeks in other residences.
2017-10-11. "Elevator Industry Releases Report on the State of Reliability and Availability in Ontario". Newswire. Archived from the original on 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
This industry report was initiated by17-04- the recent introduction of the Reliable Elevators Act, a Private Members Bill by MPP Han Dong, and with the government's recently commissioned Deloitte report on elevator availability.
Dennis Hanagan (2017-04-05). "Making elevators reliable for high-rise living, Reliable Elevators Act". 416 magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
Currently, buildings higher than seven storeys are required under the building code to have only one elevator. 'This must be updated to reflect the growing vertical community we are witnessing across the province,' said Han Dong. 'Elevator repairs could be held up because of the time it takes to order parts, some of which come from other parts of the world.'