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Great expectations, and racism, but immense pride and learning: Asian-Canadian MPs share their experiences

By Joslon Lim      

For some Asian-Canadian MPs, being elected to Ottawa comes with expectations. But they say the job brings them much pride and an opportunity to learn about their community.

NDP MP Jenny Kwan, the most seasoned Asian-Canadian politician currently in federal politics, pictured talking to her Hill staffers at a House Immigration Committee meeting on Sept. 20, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

For NDP MP Jenny Kwan, it’s a privilege to serve as one of Canada’s few Chinese-Canadian MPs, especially for her downtown Vancouver East, B.C., riding with many new Canadians who turn to her constituency office for help navigating Canada’s immigration system.

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News|By Chelsea Nash
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald says she is being targeted by the AFN’s executive for her efforts to bring accountability and transparency to the organization, and is now rallying support.

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Even if Pierre Poilievre doesn’t win, Conservative pundits and political analysts believe that whoever does will have to accommodate Poilievre. But if he does win, he’ll need to reach out to his Quebec and Atlantic caucu

‘Never been afraid to punch above our weight’: set to retire this fall, Peter Van Dusen reflects on 21 years at CPAC

News|By Mike Lapointe
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Parliament Hill braces for Canada Day protest as MPs face threats

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Government should be ‘pretty pleased’ with first session of Parliament, but summer will be ‘the calm before the storm,’ say observers

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Rule change lets MPs charge House up to $36,000 annually for constituency rentals amid office budget pressures

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New staffers on board for ministers Fraser, Petitpas Taylor

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Among others, Cib Cabillan is now issues manager to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, and Audrey Léveseque Aubut has joined Official Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor’s parliamentary affairs team.

Charest’s route to Conservative leader ‘very similar to the party’s path to victory,’ says Kheiriddin

News|By Ian Campbell
Strategists and pollsters say the Conservative Party membership is divided into ‘two different audiences,’ meaning persuasion will be difficult and campaigns should focus on bringing out their own vote.
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