Alice Wong

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The Honourable
Alice Wong
Opposition Critic for Seniors
Assumed office
August 30, 2017
Leader Andrew Scheer
Preceded by Mark Warawa
Minister of State for Seniors
In office
May 18, 2011 November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Julian Fantino
Succeeded by Jean-Yves Duclos (Minister of Families, Children and Social Development)
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Richmond Centre
Richmond (2008–2015)
Assumed office
October 14, 2008
Preceded by Raymond Chan
Personal details
Born (1948-06-30) June 30, 1948 (age 70)
Hong Kong
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)Enoch Wong
Residence Richmond, British Columbia
ProfessionEducator, entrepreneur

Alice Siu-Ping Chan Wong PC MP (traditional Chinese :黃陳小萍; simplified Chinese :黄陈小萍; Jyutping :Wong4 Can4 Siu2 Ping4, born June 30, 1948) is a Canadian politician of the Conservative Party serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the electoral district of Richmond Centre since 2015. She previously served as the MP for Richmond from 2008 to 2015. In 2011 she was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be Minister of State for Seniors, becoming the first Chinese-Canadian woman to serve in the Cabinet of Canada, and serving in that position until 2015.

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Early life

Wong immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1980. She is a businesswoman and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of British Columbia and worked as the manager of international programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She also has taught ESL and entrepreneurship classes at Vancouver Community College where she founded the Centre for Small Business at VCC, which offered the first bilingual small business management classes for immigrants. Wong has also operated a consulting firm specializing in research and education.

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She has served on the boards of various community organizations including the Rotary Club of Richmond, Rosewood Manor in Richmond, Benevolent Relief Seniors Care Society, Ethno Business Council, Chiu Chow Benevolent Association, and the Women’s Enterprise Society of BC. She is a guest host on local Chinese and multicultural radio and television. Wong founded the Richmond Greenspace Society to promote green space in urban settings, improving passport office efficiency, raising funds to improve the safety of senior pedestrians, and raising funds for the Sichuan earthquake relief. She has been married to her husband Enoch since 1982.

Sichuan Province

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Member of Parliament

Wong was first elected in 2008 in the riding of Richmond with 50% of the votes cast, compared to the incumbent Raymond Chan, who received 31%. [1] In 2011, she was re-elected with 58% of the vote compared to 18% for her nearest rival. [2] In 2015 she was re-elected in the riding of Richmond Centre with 44.2% of the vote compared to her nearest rival's 41.4%. [3]

On May 18, 2011, Wong was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of State for Seniors. [4] Reelected in 2015, she left the Cabinet as the Liberal Party gained a majority in the House of Commons.

A Minister of State is a junior cabinet minister in the Cabinet of Canada, usually given specific responsibilities to assist a senior cabinet minister in a specific area. A Secretary of State also holds many similar responsibilities in assisting senior cabinet members, being members of the Ministry and the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. A Secretary of State is legally a Minister of State styled as secretaries. However Secretaries of State are considered junior to ministers of state and are not members of Cabinet.

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Political views

In the fall of 2012, Alice Wong stated that the government's top priorities focuses on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity. [5]

Her environmental platform has been criticized by the opposition for her views regarding shark fin soup because she was seen publicly eating the soup at a news conference in October 2012. [6] Many environmentalists condemn the process of "shark finning."

Wong refused to play a role in the Canada Summer jobs program over the human rights statement supporting abortion and LGBT rights. [7]

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  1. "Wong, Fry among winners in B.C. battlegrounds". CTV News. October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  2. "Conservatives sweep Richmond ridings". Richmond Review. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  3. "Official Voting Results". Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  4. "Stephen Harper's new cabinet includes Metro Vancouver's Alice Wong, James Moore". The Georgia Straight. May 18, 2011. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  5. "Helping 1,600 Canadians with disabilities getting jobs". Alice Wong, MP website. October 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
  6. "NDP criticizes Tory MP for eating shark fin soup". CBC News. October 13, 2012. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  7. CBC News, April 6, 2018.

28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet post (1)
Julian Fantino Minister of State for Seniors
Post abolished