Canada elects 1st MP from Chinese mainland
Geng Tan will represent Don Valley North in Toronto
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.