Wai Young

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Wai Young
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vancouver South
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Ujjal Dosanjh
Personal details
Born (1960-05-20) May 20, 1960 (age 55)
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Political party Conservative Party of Canada (2011-present)
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Profession Policy consultant, small business owner

Wai Young (traditional Chinese: 楊蕭慧儀) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. She represents the electoral district of Vancouver South as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Early life[edit]

Young was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She attended Killarney Secondary School and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in sociology. Young has also taken post-graduate studies at Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is a mother of twins and has been the foster parent of seven children.[1]

Before politics[edit]

Prior to being elected, Young was a consultant and small businesswoman who contributed to social policies and program development. Her clientele included all three levels of governments and community groups such as the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association, South Vancouver Policing Centre and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. [1] Some of her work includes developing services for immigrants, and helping to found the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA). Young founded and chaired Canada's first Youth-At-Risk Task Force and established Canada's longest-running breakfast program for underprivileged children.[1] Young also worked for the provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development and the federal ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Entrance to politics[edit]

After losing by 20 votes in the 2008 federal election, Young was elected in 2011 by a margin of nearly 4,000 votes in a closely watched rematch over former B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh. In doing so, she became the first Conservative MP to be elected in Vancouver since 1988.

On October 26, 2011, Young was elected Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association (CCLA). On March 5, 2013, Young was elected Chair of the CCLA. This association provides a forum for discussing bilateral and multilateral issues facing both Canada and China.[1]

Regarding the first SkyTrain faregate, Young said "The new faregates will make SkyTrain service safer and more secure for commuters."[2]

On January 7, 2014, Young announced $2.5 million of federal funding towards the Killarney Seniors Centre. [3]


In June, 2014 her office mailed her constituents an election-style flyer that claimed Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was promoting marijuana to children. [4]

In July, 2015 she claimed the Harper government was acting "in the same vein" as Jesus in adopting anti-terror legislation.[5]

Involvement in Committees[edit]

  • Co-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Member of the Standing Committee for Status of Women
  • Served on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
  • Inter-Parliamentary Committee memberships include China, India, US, Taiwan, Japan, etc.


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