Michael Chan (Canadian politician)
Michael Chan at The Canadian Film Centre Annual BBQ in 2014
|Preceded by||Tony Wong|
|Succeeded by||Billy Pang|
|Born||1951 (age 66–67)
Michael Chan (traditional Chinese: 陳國治; simplified Chinese: 陈国治; Jyutping: can4 gwok3 zi6; pinyin: Chén Guózhì) (born c. 1951) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2007 until 2018. He represented the riding of Markham-Unionville. He served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.
Chan was born in Guangzhou, and his father was an official in the Kuomintang. As the Chinese Communist Party took power in China, Mr. Chan’s family went to Macau, before moving to Hong Kong and eventually migrating to Canada in 1969, when he was 18. He has since maintained close ties, and confirmed in a 2008 interview with Xinhua News Agency that he had visited China over 70 times since the early 1980s. He told the reporter, "strictly speaking, I’m Canadian, but I have been always paying attention to the root of my culture. I am much concerned with Chinese affairs." Chan has lived in Markham since 1995.
Chan was elected in a February 8, 2007 by-election, necessitated by the resignation of former Liberal MPP Tony Wong, who left his seat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to successfully run for York Regional Council in 2006. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.
In February, 2007 he was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Revenue. In October 2007, after the election he was moved to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In 2010 he was moved again to Minister of Tourism, Culture. A year later the mandate of the ministry was changed slightly to include Sport issues. In November 2012 he assumed the roles Citizenship and Immigration and responsibility for the Pan/Parapan American Games from Charles Sousa when Sousa announced he was running for the leadership of the Liberal Party.
In February 2013, when Kathleen Wynne took over as the new Premier, she confirmed Chan in his roles as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. In June 2014, Wynne appointed Chan as the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
Chan lobbied the Confucius Institute to make a deal with the Toronto District School Board for establishing a local branch in Toronto. Because of concerns about the way the deal was negotiated, as well as the fact that the curriculum and the hiring of teachers would be controlled by Hanban (the Chinese organization that oversees and subsidizes the program), the agreement was cancelled by the TDSB in October 2014.
In June 2015, The Globe and Mail revealed that Canadian intelligence officials suspected Chan was under the "undue influence" of the government of China, prompting CSIS to formally caution the province about the minister’s alleged conduct in a 2010 briefing. Chan denied the allegations. Federal justice minister Peter MacKay initially said there was an "ongoing investigation" surrounding the allegations, but later said he never suggested that CSIS was investigating Chan.
|Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|New position||Minister of International Trade
|Michael Coteau||Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
|Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet posts (4)|
|Charles Sousa||Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Also Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games (to June 2014)
|Monique Smith & Aileen Carroll||Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Minister of Tourism and Culture before 2011
|Gerry Phillips||Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
|Shelley Wark-Martyn||Minister of Revenue
|MarkhamOntario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007:|
|Progressive Conservative||Alex Yuan||6,420||34.87%||−5.46|
|New Democratic||Janice Hagan||1,492||8.10%||+3.02|
|Family Coalition||Patrick Redmond||135||0.73%||−0.59|
|Total valid votes||18,411||100.00|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Markham—Unionville|
|Progressive Conservative||Ki Kit Li||9,581||27.00|
|New Democratic||Andy Arifin||2,599||7.32|
|Family Coalition||Leon Williams||345||0.97|
|Total valid votes||35,490||100.0|
|Ontario general election, 2011: Markham—Unionville|
|Progressive Conservative||Shan Thayaparan||11,720||31.47||+4.47|
|New Democratic||P.C. Choo||4,575||12.29||+4.97|
|Total valid votes||37,237||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||284||0.76|
|Ontario general election, 2014|
|Progressive Conservative||Shan Thayaparan||14,241||33.98||+2.51|
|New Democratic||Nadine Kormos Hawkins||4,205||10.03||-2.26|
|Total valid votes||41,916||100.0|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
- Craig Offman (June 17, 2015). "The making of Michael Chan". The Globe and Mail.
- Ghoreishi, Omid (September 28, 2011). "Ontario Minister Asked Festival to Ban Newspaper to Please Chinese Consul, Says Source". The Epoch Times. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "General Election by District: Markham-Unionville". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.
- Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13.
- "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3.
- Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star.
- Craig Offman and Nathan Vanderklippe (12 August 2016), Chinese Communist mouthpiece the People’s Daily finds an outlet in Canada The Globe and Mail
- Craig Offman (June 16, 2015). "CSIS warned this cabinet minister could be a threat. Ontario disagreed". The Globe and Mail.
- Adrian Morrow (June 17, 2015). "MacKay says probe involving Ontario cabinet minister Chan is 'ongoing'". The Globe and Mail.
- Canadian Press (June 18, 2015). "Peter MacKay Says He Never Suggested CSIS Was Investigating Ontario Cabinet Minister". The Huffington Post.
- Benzie, Robert (April 5, 2018). "Liberal cabinet ministers Michael Chan and Tracy MacCharles, MPP Grant Crack say they are retiring". Toronto Star.