Canada elects 1st MP from Chi­nese main­land

Geng Tan will rep­re­sent Don Val­ley North in Toronto

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS CANADA - Re­nali@chi­nadai­

I’ll do my best to serve Canada, for a bet­ter tomorrow,” Geng said.

As a newly elected par­lia­men­tar­ian, Geng plans to fol­low the lead­er­ship of newly elected Lib­eral Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

“I would like to pro­vide lead­er­ship to take care of the qual­ity of life, the ed­u­ca­tion and the work of thou­sands of con­stituents, lis­ten to their voices, and make them part of the coun­try’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment through the Par­lia­ment. At the same time, I will con­vey gov­ern­ment poli­cies and re­lated in­for­ma­tion to vot­ers, in a timely and ef­fec­tive man­ner, bridg­ing the two sides,” he said.

Geng said that he is not only the del­e­gate of the vot­ers to the Par­lia­ment, but also a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Par­lia­ment to his con­stituency. He hopes his pro­fes­sional back­ground and com­mu­nity ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as the voices of the var­i­ous eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties, will com­bine to take part in the de­ci­sion-making of Canada’s fu­ture, es­pe­cially play­ing a unique role in the de­vel­op­ment and deep­en­ing of the Canada-China re­la­tion­ship.

“Through­out history, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ments of Canada have al­ways main­tained a proac­tive co­op­er­a­tion with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, which is re­flected not only in the econ­omy and trade, but also in cul­tural and artis­tic in­ter­changes,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Geng, the im­por­tance of Canada-China re­la­tions is self-ev­i­dent and es­pe­cially true un­der the lead­er­ship of the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment. Through­out the cam­paign, Lib­eral Party can­di­dates re­peat­edly stressed that Canada-China re­la­tions should main­tain a con­sis­tent and in-depth proac­tive re­la­tion­ship, that Canada should proac­tively

I’m just a pioneer, I be­lieve in the fu­ture there will be more and more new im­mi­grants par­tic­i­pat­ing in pol­i­tics.”

join AIIB and that Canada should ne­go­ti­ate deeply with China, so as to pro­mote the re­al­iza­tion of bi­lat­eral free trade as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We be­lieve Pierre Trudeau will open a new chap­ter in Canada-China re­la­tions and the win-win co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries will con­tinue,” said Geng. “There are mil­lions of Chi­nese Cana­di­ans liv­ing in Canada, and we look for­ward to proac­tive co­op­er­a­tion and sound progress be­tween the two coun­tries. Just like the Chi­nese tra­di­tional say­ing: Vis­its from far away bring peo­ple closer and closer.”

Geng said some peo­ple were sur­prised that the Lib­eral Party achieved such big vic­to­ries in the elec­tion. And he said that may be be­cause they do not understand the Cana­dian gen­eral pub­lic. From the first day of the cam­paign, the Lib­er­als stressed “Real Change” as their party plat­form.

“We talked about this, and now we are do­ing this,” Geng said.


Po­lit­i­cal new­comer Geng Tan ac­knowl­edges from supporters af­ter be­ing elected a mem­ber of Canada’s Par­lia­ment on Oct 19. Geng is the first im­mi­grant from the Chi­nese main­land to be elected the the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment.


Geng Tan, mem­ber of par­lia­ment for Don Val­ley North, signs his name on the test roll as he is of­fi­cially sworn in as a mem­ber of the 42nd Cana­dian Par­lia­ment at Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa on Nov 6.

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