Mary Ng

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Mary Ng
Mary Ng 2019.jpg
Ng in 2019
Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
Assumed office
July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded by
  • Bardish 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 52)
British Hong Kong
Political partyLiberal
Residence(s)North York, Ontario[1]
Alma materUniversity of Toronto Scarborough (BA)
Mary Ng
Traditional Chinese伍鳳儀
Simplified Chinese伍凤仪

Mary Ng PC MP (born December 16, 1969) is a Canadian politician serving as Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development 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 was born in British Hong Kong on December 16, 1969, and 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 Bachelor of Arts 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] She proceeded to win the seat at the riding by-election held on April 3 that year.[9]

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.[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, adding the trade portfolio to her responsibilities and becoming jointly responsible for Trudeau's foreign policy.[15]

After the 2021 election, Ng's responsibilities expanded to include Economic Development.[16] She remains the minister responsible for Canada's trade negotiations, overseeing crown corporations including Business Development Canada and Export Development Canada, and promoting small business through grant funding.

In March 2022, Ng announced a $4.25 million contribution agreement to the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), which shares information and resources about female Canadian entrepreneurs. The WEKH is part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy introduced by the Government of Canada.[citation needed]

Electoral record[edit]

2021 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mary Ng 23,709 61.5 +7.6
Conservative Melissa Felian 10,136 26.3 -8.3
New Democratic Paul Sahbaz 3,222 8.4 +1.1
Green Mimi Lee 813 2.1 -0.7
People's Ilia Pashaev 648 1.7 +0.9
Total valid votes 38,528
Total rejected ballots 398
Turnout 38,926 55.70
Eligible voters 69,883
Source: Elections Canada[17]
2019 Canadian federal election: Markham—Thornhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Mary Ng 23,899 53.91 +2.55 $80,357.71
Conservative Alex Yuan 15,319 34.56 -4.43 $74,064.17
New Democratic Paul Sahbaz 3,233 7.29 +3.81 none listed
Green Chris Williams 1,247 2.81 +0.60 none listed
People's Peter Remedios 357 0.81 $0.00
Independent Josephbai Macwan 276 0.62 none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 44,331 100.0
Total rejected ballots 448 1.00 +0.41
Turnout 44,779 61.76 +31.14
Eligible voters 72,499
Liberal hold Swing +3.49
Source: Elections Canada[18][19]
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. ^ "The Honourable Mary Ng". Prime Minister of Canada. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster - ventureLAB". ventureLAB. 2018-03-05. 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. ^ "Prime Minister welcomes new Cabinet". Prime Minister of Canada. 2021-10-26. Retrieved 2021-12-21.
  17. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  18. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  19. ^ "FORTY-THIRD GENERAL ELECTION 2019 — Poll-by-poll results (Markham—Thornhill)". Elections Canada. April 6, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.

External links[edit]

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