|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vancouver East
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Libby Davies|
|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
May 28, 1996 – August 4, 2015
|Preceded by||Mike Harcourt|
|Succeeded by||Melanie Mark|
|Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers
of British Columbia
February 29, 2000 – June 5, 2001
|Preceded by||Jan Pullinger|
|Succeeded by||George Abbott|
|Minister of Women's Equality
of British Columbia
July 21, 1999 – February 24, 2000
|Premier||Glen Clark, Dan Miller|
|Preceded by||Penny Priddy|
|Succeeded by||Evelyn Gillespie|
|Minister of Municipal Affairs
of British Columbia
February 18, 1998 – July 21, 1999
|Preceded by||Michael Farnworth|
|Succeeded by||Jim Doyle|
|Born||1967 (age 49–50)
British Hong Kong
|Political party||New Democratic|
Jenny Wai Ching Kwan (born 1967) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian politician. She was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of British Columbia for the riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, and a senior member of the provincial caucus of the New Democratic Party. After serving for 20 years in the provincial legislative assembly, she was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 election, representing Vancouver East.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Political career
- 3 Electoral Record
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Kwan emigrated to Canada at age nine with her family from Hong Kong. She speaks English, French, and Cantonese. Kwan graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. She worked as a community legal advocate in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside before entering politics. The Downtown Eastside is known as a troubled and impoverished area inhabited mainly by new immigrants and ethnic minorities.
Vancouver city councillor
In 1996, Kwan entered provincial politics. After being nominated, she was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, in East Vancouver. She succeeded Premier Mike Harcourt, who at the time had just resigned over a series of serious fundraising scandals, including the Bingogate Scandal
In 2001, Kwan, along with Joy MacPhail, was one of only two NDP MLAs to survive the party's electoral collapse in the British Columbia general election, 2001 at the hands of a BC Liberal landslide upset. She was re-elected in 2005, 2009, and 2013.
Leadership controversy, December 2010
In December 2010, Kwan released a statement to the media criticizing NDP party leader Carole James, and calling for an immediate leadership convention, after party candidates suffered defeat in the 2009 election. In response to Kwan's statement, James called an emergency caucus session to address opposition to her continued leadership. Before the caucus meeting was held, however, James announced her resignation as party leader. While Kwan was accused of self-interest, at the time she claimed to have no plans to run for the leadership of the party.
Portland Hotel Society controversy, March 2014
In March 2014, an audit of the Portland Hotel Society showed that Kwan's ex-husband, Dan Small, had improperly expensed the cost of a family Disneyland trip to the Society. At the time of the trip, Kwan had still been married to Small and had participated in the trip with their children. When the audit became public, Kwan held a press conference where she denied any knowledge that the Society had paid for the trip, and said she would reimburse the Society. Following the conference, Kwan took a brief leave of absence.
Election to the House of Commons
In January 2015, Kwan announced that she would be seeking the New Democratic Party of Canada nomination in Vancouver East for the 2015 federal election. Mable Elmore was also seeking the party's nomination in the riding. Kwan was nominated on March 22, and sought to replace Libby Davies as the Member of Parliament for the riding. She was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in October 2015, defeating Liberal Party candidate Edward Wong and Conservative Party candidate James Low by a wide margin. On November 12, she was appointed as her party's critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Jenny Kwan||29,316||49.94||-12.89||$107,948.45|
|Independent||D. Alex Millar||216||0.37||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||58,708||100.00||$226,454.95|
|Total rejected ballots||405||0.69||–|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-15.57|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|B.C. General Election 2013: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant|
|New Democratic||Jenny Kwan||13,845||65.83||+1.88|
|Liberal||Celyna Sia Sherst||3,942||18.74||-2.06|
|Total valid votes||21,031||100.00|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||+1.97|
|British Columbia general election, 2009: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant|
|New Democratic||Jenny Kwan||11,232||63.95||−0.29||$79,796|
|Liberal||Sherry Darlene Wiebe||3,654||20.80||−0.48||$41,506|
|Green||John T. Boychuck||2,507||14.28||+4.05||$7,013|
|Total Valid Votes||17,564||100|
|Total Rejected Ballots||218||1.23|
|British Columbia general election, 2005: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant|
|New Democratic||Jenny Kwan||12,974||64.24||$98,030|
|Marijuana||Christopher Patrick Bennett||308||1.53||$100|
|Work Less||Niki Westman||187||0.93||$100|
|Democratic Reform||Imtiaz Popat||43||0.21||$100|
|Platinum||Kirk Anton Moses||17||0.08||$130|
|Total Valid Votes||20,196||100|
|Total Rejected Ballots||312||1.54|
|British Columbia general election, 2001: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant|
|New Democratic||Jenny Kwan||7,163||44.48||-19.57||$60,582|
|No Affiliation||Liar Liar||148||0.92||–||–|
|Party of Citizens||Franklin Wayne Poley||42||0.26||–||331|
|Total valid votes||16,105||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||208||1.29|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-14.2|
|B.C. General Election 1996: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant|
|New Democratic||Jenny Kwan||11,155||64.05%||$41,905|
|Progressive Democrat||John Spark||584||3.35%||–||$100|
|Natural Law||John S.W. Kent||114||0.65%||$120|
|Social Credit||Agnes Kokko||86||0.49%||–||$526|
|Total valid votes||17,416||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||284||1.60%|
- LABC. "Official Biography: Jenny Wai Ching Kwan (39th Parliament)". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
- McMartin, Will (2005-09-14). "Budget Battlers Ready to Rumble". The Tyee.
- MacLeod, Andrew (2010-12-02). "James Allies Scramble to Defend Against Kwan's Attack". The Tyee.
- LABC. "Official Biography: Jenny Wai Ching Kwan (40th Parliament)". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
- MacLeod, Andrew (2010-12-01). "'Carole James is dividing the party': NDP MLA Kwan". The Tyee.
- Fowlie, Jonathan (2010-12-02). "NDP leader Carole James will convene emergency meeting over revolt". Vancouver Sun.
- Thomson, Stephen (2010-12-03). "Jenny Kwan says she will "wait and see" outcome of emergency NDP caucus session". Georgia Straight.
- MacLeod, Andrew (2010-12-03). "'Every MLA Will Be Held Accountable': James". The Tyee.
- Fowlie, Jonathan and Rob Shaw (2010-12-06). "Carole James quits as NDP leader". Vancouver Sun.
- Tieleman, Bill (2010-12-07). "She Had to Go: Carole James' resignation was inevitable after NDP's 2009 election defeat". The Tyee.
- Smith, Charlie (2010-12-01). "Jenny Kwan doesn't want to become NDP leader, so who will it be?". Georgia Straight.
- Rob Shaw; Tiffany Crawford (20 March 2014). "Portland Hotel Society audit finds hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable expenses". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- Laanela, Mike (21 March 2014). "NDP MLA Jenny Kwan repaying $35K for Europe, Disney trips". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- Bains, Camille (21 March 2014). "NDP MLA and family took Disney trip cited in scathing audit". CTV / Canadian Press. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- The Canadian Press (24 March 2014). "Jenny Kwan Unpaid Leave Still Being Worked Out: Adrian Dix". Huffington Post.
- Hunter, Justine and Ian Bailey (24 March 2014). "Jenny Kwan takes temporary leave amid questions about social-services provider". Globe and Mail.
- The Canadian Press (25 January 2015). "Jenny Kwan to run for federal NDP seat in Vancouver East". Vancouver Sun.
- The Province (18 January 2015). "Elmore officially launches NDP nomination bid for Vancouver East". The Province.
- Smith, Charlie (16 December 2014). "NDP can hold Vancouver East if the party chooses the right candidate". The Georgia Straight.
- Nuttall, Jeremy (4 February 2015). "Game On For Coveted East Van Riding". The Tyee.
- "Canada election 2015: Big name B.C. politicians challenged". CBC News. October 19, 2015.
- "Mulcair announces shadow cabinet, and vows to make sure Liberal government ‘fulfills its promises’". National Post. November 12, 2015.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Vancouver East, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates