Friday, April 29, 2016

MPP: Michael Chan - Markham-Unionville

We pray for Michael Chan MPP in Markham - Unionville today. Lord we pray that Michael will depend on you, ask you for wisdom in decisions, as he labours to protect the families and people in the province of Ontario in his role as Minister. Help him as he plows through all the challenges in these difficult times, and as he is mindful to invest in the people of Ontario first, and to always do the best thing for the hard working citizens. Lord, we pray for his family, that you comfort his wife Elaine and their two boys, bless them with health, protect them and we pray that they would know and feel your presence and great love for them. In Jesus name we ask and believe for these things. Amen

Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in a February 2007 by-election and was re-elected in the general elections of 2007, 2011 and 2014.

Since first being elected, Michael has served continuously in the Ontario Cabinet as the Minister of Revenue, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  Michael currently serves as the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

Michael also has also served as a member of the Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet, the Jobs and Economic Policy Committee, the Economic, Environmental and Resources Policy Committee, the Legislation and Regulations Committee and the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction.

Prior to embarking on his political career, Michael owned and operated an insurance brokerage in Markham.  He was a member of the Markham Board of Trade and has sat on the Advisory Council for the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery. Michael is also an honorary president of the Toronto Chinese Senior Health and Recreation Association.

Michael keeps himself very active, working diligently on behalf of his constituents in one the most diverse and fastest-growing communities in Canada.  Each year, he hosts a Community BBQ & Food Drive and a Community Holiday Reception & Food Drive.  Michael also participates throughout the year in many riding events including multicultural and service organization celebrations, school visits, tree plantings, and festivals.

Michael continues to be a strong advocate at Queen’s Park for accessible healthcare and has delivered on the Markham Stouffville Hospital expansion/re-development.  He has been instrumental in delivering on the construction of the VIVA Rapidway, new parking facilities at the Centennial and Unionville GO Stations, and two new Markham Family Health Teams.

Michael originally emigrated from Hong Kong more than forty years ago. He has lived in Markham since 1995 with his wife, Elaine, and their two sons.

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