Hoang Mai (politician)

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Hoang Mai
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brossard—La Prairie
Assumed office
Preceded by Alexandra Mendès
Personal details
Born (1973-06-14) June 14, 1973 (age 42)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Brossard, Quebec

Hoang Mai (born June 14, 1973) is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Brossard—La Prairie in the 2011 Canadian federal election. Born in Montreal to Vietnamese immigrant parents, he and caucus colleague Anne Minh-Thu Quach were the second and third people of Vietnamese descent, following Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac, ever elected to the Canadian House of Commons.

Shortly after the election Mai was named to the official opposition shadow cabinet as critic for National Revenue. He was also the first Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) in the House of Commons. In January 2013, he was named Deputy Critic for Justice and began to sit on the Justice and Human rights committee. Since March 2014, he is the Official Opposition Transport critic, replacing Olivia Chow, who resigned and campaigned to become Mayor of Toronto.

He is member of the Canada-Vietnam and Canada-China parliamentary associations.

Mai ran in Brossard—La Prairie in the 2008 federal election, but lost.

Before politics[edit]

He studied pure science and economics before completing his Bachelor’s degree in law and a Master’s degree in international private law with a notary option from the Université de Montréal in 1996. He then trained in international law in The Hague. In 1998 he joined an international law office which took him to work in Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong before returning to Montreal in 2001. Since 2002, Hoang has been a notary in private practice.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011: Brossard—La Prairie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Hoang Mai 25,512 41.02 +28.31
Liberal Alexandra Mendès (incumbent) 16,976 27.30 −5.29
Bloc Québécois Marcel Lussier 10,890 17.51 −14.96
Conservative Maurice Brossard 7,806 12.55 −6.32
Green Kevin Murphy 900 1.45 −1.65
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard 110 0.18 −0.09
Total valid votes 62,194 100.00
Total rejected ballots 569
Turnout 62,763
Source: Official Results, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2008: Brossard—La Prairie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Alexandra Mendès 19,103 32.59 −2.42 $36,025
Bloc Québécois Marcel Lussier 19,034 32.47 −4.70 $55,711
Conservative Maurice Brossard 11,062 18.87 +1.96 $66,126
New Democratic Hoang Mai 7,452 12.71 +5.25 $5,453
Green Sonia Ziadé 1,816 3.10 −0.17 $1,057
Marxist–Leninist Normand Chouinard 157 0.27 +0.08 none listed
Total valid votes 58,624 100.00
Total rejected ballots 563
Turnout 59,187 64.57 −2.49
Electors on the lists 91,662
'Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada. Italicized expenditures refer to totals submitted by the candidate and are presented when the reviewed totals are not available.