Interviews New MPP Michael Chan
GuidingStar.ca: First of all,
congratulations on your victory. Are you looking forward to your
new term, representing Markham in the Legislature?
I am very happy. I am excited. I am so grateful that the people
of Markham have chosen me today and I will go to Queen’s Park for
their best interests.
GuidingStar.ca: You won by a pretty
good margin. Last I heard, it was 48% to 34%. Were you surprised
by the margin, or did you sense that already at the door?
We ran a good campaign. Basically there were issues there. The
issues were: you have to compare what happened three years ago and
what is happening now? And, issue by issue, I think I was able to
convince the people that the Liberal government is doing a good
job. Of course, there are more things to be done. But people start
to recognize, ‘look, you can’t fix up things in a day or two, it
really takes time to fix the challenges that were left behind’.
GuidingStar.ca: Do you expect to be
able to be able a strong voice for Markham in the Legislature?
I have the people of Markham’s trust in me. Based on my work
experience, based on my wider experience, based on the support I
have tonight, I think I can relay the messages of the people of
Markham to Queen’s Park.
GuidingStar.ca: To what do you
attribute the wide margin that you had tonight?
We do not have a final result yet. But going back to what I said
before: when I was knocking on doors, I was able to talk to people
and tell the people what is happening, what the Liberal government
has been doing. And this is the decision of the people of Markham.
GuidingStar.ca: What will be your
priorities over the next eight months before the next provincial
election takes place in October?
You know this is my rookie year. Being a rookie, you always have
some challenges to adjust to, and to learn. That will be one of my
priorities. The other priority, of course, is trying to represent
the best interest of the people of Markham. That is in health care,
education, traffic, new immigrants, and also trade. So, these are
some of the priorities I would like to push for the people of