Wendy Yuan: My life, my vision, our country

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      I was born in Beijing, China. My parents worked hard, long hours to support their family, but they had larger dreams for their daughter, dreams larger than their own lives’ possibilities. Family was very important to my mom and dad and they wanted the best for me.

      Almost 30 years ago, through hard work and perseverance I received a CIDA scholarship to study in an amazing place: Canada. While studying in Montreal, I met my husband. Later we moved to Vancouver, where we’ve raised our family, and, like my parents with me, I want the best for my family.

      Growing up, my parents did not have much money, but emphasized the importance of education. They saw it as a way for me to maximize my potential, to realize my dreams. In the last couple years, many Canadians have lost their jobs—putting tremendous pressure on parents and children across the country. Today as many parents live paycheque to paycheque and the cost of educating our children rises, I worry that our best and brightest students are becoming increasingly unable to afford postsecondary education.

      The doors of opportunity must be open to all. We must do more to ensure that students with the grades and drive are able to attend university. We must do more for our working parents—focusing on giving breaks to working families and not the wealthiest corporations. We must do more to create jobs Canadians can count on.

      Providing young Canadians new and exciting opportunities, while creating a strong, stable economy is vital to our longevity, but equally as important is making sure our seniors have the care they deserve. Like many Canadians, some of my family members are getting older. Families across the country face the challenge of caring for seriously ill or aging loved ones. I know Canadian families want to shoulder the responsibility of caring for their loved ones, but they also deserve a government that stands with them. We must do more for our parents and seniors. That is why Liberals are committed to a new Family Care Plan.

      My dream to receive a quality education and live in a country full of opportunities was realized when I moved to Canada. Canada is country that allows people from all around the world to realize their own dreams. Liberals believe that we are stronger not despite our differences, but because of them. We are the party of official multiculturalism, a concept that is enshrined in Canada’s Constitution. To preserve this principal value, we must do more to make sure new Canadians have access to all the opportunities Canada has to offer.

      Recently our Liberal Family Pack was announced—our five-point plan to strengthen Canadian families. From our Learning Passport, to early childhood learning and care, to family care, to stronger public pensions, and our Green Renovations Tax Credit, Liberals are making commitments to Canadian families. As your member of Parliament, I want to strengthen all families in Kingsway, not just the red ones, but the orange ones and blue ones too.

      This year, in this election, it is time to reaffirm our values and commitments for Canadian families. And while many of my own dreams have been realized, I now dream to help families realize theirs. My story is possible in very few countries, and I will forever be indebted to Canada for the opportunities it has provided me. So, on May 2, vote Liberal, because we stand to make my story not a unique one, but a common one. This election is about your family, your future, your Canada.

      Wendy Yuan is the Liberal candidate for Vancouver Kingsway.




      Apr 4, 2011 at 4:29pm

      Wow. This a very cool and inspirational piece Wendy. Good Luck!

      Indie Nile

      Apr 4, 2011 at 4:59pm

      I can't let the NDP and Conservatives win my riding. Wendy - you need more exposure in your riding!

      Sally Chu

      Apr 4, 2011 at 5:02pm

      How about some honesty and integrity in politics. Wendy moved to Richmond and parachuted in to Vancouver Kingsway just recently. To say she raised her family in Vancouver is simply untrue. Like David Emerson she seems to have some problems being straight with voters. Don Davies gets my vote.

      Marnie J

      Apr 4, 2011 at 5:50pm

      Sally, I don't think you are totally right on that one. Plus, at the end of the day, if you are more concerned about where someone lived instead of the policies they stand for, your opinion is not worth much anyway. Wendy Yuan gets my vote. She gets my vote because she's on the right side of a lot of issues.


      Apr 4, 2011 at 6:20pm

      Wendy: I might not vote for you, but you have earned my respect.

      Good Luck!


      Apr 4, 2011 at 8:48pm

      Beijing is very polluted, I hear but can't say personally. I saw your interview on the CBC news this evening. What are your views on the environment? With the Fukushima disaster currently in the news, how do you feel about nuclear energy? Is it worth the risk? Is it safe?

      I'm an engineer and my grade in engineering statistics was 98%, but it doesn't take 98% in statistics to calculate the probability of another serious Chernobyl or Fukushima disaster based on the last two major nuclear disasters in the last 25 years: the probability is 8% and climbing as more nuclear reactors get built and older. Do the Liberals support a nuclear free Canada?

      Taxpayers R Us

      Apr 4, 2011 at 8:57pm


      Second Nation

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:25pm

      Sally is correct; Wendy is another David Emer-scam joke by the Liberals. If she lives in the riding now it's a -very- recent event and opportunism.

      My mouth still can taste the bile that was David Emerson. The only time he was in the riding was flying over head to Ottawa while he fillped us the bird.

      The coward wouldn't even let the riding boot him out - he crawled back into his hole before the election.

      Jim Anderson

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:30pm

      @wendy Did your engineering degree give you anything more than bragging rights? My take on your writings is that we should go back to the horse and buggy days. That way we couldn't easily get our food from more than 100 miles away, we could use the horse droppings to heat our homes in stead of fossil fuels, we could holiday in our own back yards instead of warmer climes for us old timers with thin blood, we would not have all of the protests regarding cell phone towers because we wuold have no need for cell phones, the list goes on and on. Why in hell do we have all of these conveiences? Blame it on an engineer somewhere, just not in your back yard--what?

      James R

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:47pm

      Wendy, you are right. It's time to focus on families. I live in the riding, and I feel like Don Davies has done nothing in the last couple years. Also, who is this conservative candidate? Nobody has heard of her. She seems like a puppet.