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Jenny Kwan (1967 - )

Jenny Kwan (1967 - )

Jenny Kwan is a ground-breaking politician from Vancouver. She was the first Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister in British Columbia, and a senior member of the provincial caucus of the NDP.

  • In 1993 at age 26, she was the youngest city councilor in Vancouver’s history.
  • When she was elected MLA in 1996, she was one of the first Chinese-Canadians to sit in the BC Legislative Assembly.
  • From 2001 to 2005, Kwan and NDP colleague Joy MacPhail were the only MLAs in Opposition in the BC Legislature. The Liberals outnumbered them 77 to 2.
  • In 2015, she was elected to the House of Commons as the MP for Vancouver East.
  • Kwan speaks Cantonese fluently.
  • She has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
  • Her full name is Jenny Wai Ching Kwan.
  • Kwan was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when she was nine years old.
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