There are currently eight MPs of East or Southeast Asian background, accounting for 2.4 per cent of all 338 MPs. However, there are nearly 3.2-million people of that background in Canada, accounting for almost 10 per cent of the population.
Asian MPs, clockwise from top: Conservative MP Michael Chong, Conservative MP Alice Wong, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach, NDP MP Jenny Kwan, Liberal MP Mary Ng, Liberal MP Jean Yip, Liberal MP Shaun Chen, and Liberal MP Geng Tan. There are only eight MPs of East or Southeast Asian background. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photos
When Conservative MP Michael Chong was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, he was surprised to find out that he was the first-ever MP from Ontario of Chinese background.
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