Mary Ng

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Mary Ng

Mary Ng 2019.jpg
Ng in 2019
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Assumed office
July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byBardish Chagger (Minister of Small Business and Tourism)
Jim Carr (Minister of International Trade Diversification)
Member of Parliament
for Markham—Thornhill
Assumed office
April 3, 2017
Preceded byJohn McCallum
Personal details
Born (1969-12-16) December 16, 1969 (age 51)
Hong Kong
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceNorth York, Ontario[1]
Alma materUniversity of Toronto Scarborough
Mary Ng
Traditional Chinese伍鳳儀
Simplified Chinese伍凤仪

Mary Ng PC MP (born December 16, 1968) is a Canadian politician serving as Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade since 2018. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Markham—Thornhill since a by-election on April 3, 2017.

Early life[edit]

Ng, born in British Hong Kong, is the eldest child of three.[2] In the 1970s, Ng's parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong, later establishing a family-owned restaurant in Toronto, Ontario. Along with her brother and sister, Ng grew up working in the family's restaurant.[3] She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 1996, majoring in political science.[4][5]


Ng has worked for 20 years in the public service, focusing on the areas of education, women's leadership, job-creation, and entrepreneurship.[citation needed]

From 1991 to 2003, Ng worked as a public servant in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Cabinet Office Ontario.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2006, Ng served as the Director of Policy to the Minister of Education, Gerard Kennedy.[citation needed] In response to the previous years of unease in the education sector under the previous two governments, Ng worked to rebuild relationships with the students and teachers’ unions.[citation needed]

From 2006 to 2008 and then again from 2011 to 2015, Ng served in the President's Office at Ryerson University.[6]

Federal politics[edit]

Following the resignation of Markham—Thornhill Member of Parliament (MP) John McCallum, Ng announced in February 2017 her intention to seek the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for the riding, and won the nomination that March against two other candidates.[7] She proceeded to win the seat at the riding by-election held on April 3 that year.[8]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Ng helped to facilitate the government's commitment to invest in Canadian ideas and innovators in her riding by advocating for the inclusion of Markham's tech-innovation hub, VentureLabs, in the Southern Ontario Supercluster.[9] The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster is expected to have a GDP impact of more than $13.5 billion in the next ten years and create more than 13,500 quality middle-class jobs in the region.[10]

Ng holds roles on Parliamentary Associations such as the Canada-China Legislative Association and the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association.[11] In June 2019, Ng publicly announced Michael Chan as her re-election campaign co-chair, which led to questions of potential pro-Beijing influence in her campaign.[12] She has written in the Toronto Star that Canadians bear an "insidious and underlying current of racism".[13]

Cabinet minister[edit]

Ng was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion in the cabinet reshuffle in July 2018.[14] Following her re-election as MP in the 2019 federal election, she was named Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, giving her some say in shaping Trudeau's foreign policy.[15]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Markham—Thornhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Mary Ng 24,124 53.9
Conservative Alex Yuan 15,474 34.6
New Democratic Paul Sahbaz 3,264 7.3
Green Chris Williams 1,253 2.8
People's Peter Remedios 358 0.8
Independent Josephbai Macwan 277 0.6
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,750 100.0
Total rejected ballots 445
Turnout 45,195 62.8
Eligible voters 71,954
Source: Elections Canada[16][17]
Canadian federal by-election, April 3, 2017: Markham—Thornhill
Resignation of John McCallum
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mary Ng 9,856 51.53 −4.19
Conservative Ragavan Paranchothy 7,501 39.22 +6.91
New Democratic Gregory Hines 671 3.51 −7.21
Progressive Canadian Dorian Baxter 566 2.96
Green Caryn Bergmann 426 2.23 +0.98
Libertarian Brendan Thomas Reilly 118 0.62
Independent Above Znoneofthe 77 0.40
Total valid votes/Expense limit 19,125 100.0   –  
Total rejected ballots -
Turnout 27.51
Eligible voters 69,838
Liberal hold Swing −5.55


  1. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Profile - Ng, Mary". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  3. ^ "Biography | Mary Ng | Your member of parliament for Markham-Thornhill". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  4. ^ Haikara, Nina. "Anita Anand, an alumna and a professor at U of T's Faculty of Law, named to federal cabinet". University of Toronto. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  5. ^ "LinkedIn".
  6. ^ "Trudeau aide Mary Ng, vying to run in by-election, highlights her relationship with China". Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  7. ^ "PMO staffer Mary Ng will run for the Liberals in federal byelection". The Canadian Press, via CBC News. 2017-03-04. Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  8. ^ Fraser, Laura (2017-04-03). "Liberal Mary Ng wins Markham-Thornhill byelection". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  9. ^ "Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster - ventureLAB". ventureLAB. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  10. ^ Sector, Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Office of the Deputy Minister, Industry. "Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  11. ^ "The Honourable Mary Ng - Roles - House of Commons of Canada". Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  12. ^ Cooper, Sam (October 20, 2019). "Hong Kong Canadians question alleged pro-Beijing backing for prominent Liberal candidate". Global News. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Don't let racism flourish amid COVID-19 crisis". May 2, 2020. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  14. ^ "Complete list of Justin Trudeau's first-term cabinet". CBC News. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  15. ^ Zimonjic, Peter (2019-11-20). "Who's who in Justin Trudeau's 2019 cabinet". CBC News. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  16. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Archived from the original on October 8, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bardish Chagger Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
July 17, 2018 –