Chungsen Leung

Chungsen (C. S.) Leung (Chinese: 梁中心) (born July 14, 1950)[1] is a Taiwanese-born Canadian businessman and Conservative politician who was formerly the MP for Willowdale. After his election in the 2011 federal election, Leung was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, a role he held until his defeat in the 2015 federal election.

Chungsen Leung
Chungsen Leung 2015.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Willowdale
In office
May 30, 2011 – August 4, 2015
Preceded byMartha Hall Findlay
Succeeded byAli Ehsassi
Personal details
Born (1950-07-14) July 14, 1950 (age 70)
Taipei, Taiwan
Political partyConservative
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
Alma materCarleton University
University of Southern California

Early life and educationEdit

Chungsen Leung was born in Taipei, Taiwan on July 14, 1950.[1] He pursued his secondary education in Japan.[2] As the international community gradually recognized the mainland People's Republic of China in the 1960s, he feared that he could become stateless as a person born in Taiwan.[3] He immigrated to Canada in 1968, where he received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in economics and business at Carleton University.[4][5] Leung later earned a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management and Engineering from the University of Southern California.[5]

Business careerEdit

Leung is an entrepreneur with business experiences in disaster mitigation management, urban mass transit projects, building environmentally friendly houses, air & water purification systems, sports equipment retailing and red deer farming too. Chungsen also has business experience in the tourism and hospitality sector.[citation needed]

He was a business owner and chief executive officer of four Richmond Hill small and medium size enterprises, as well as, a past director and audit chair of the Xenos Group,[6][failed verification] a Toronto Stock Exchange listed public company in software development and engineering, and a director with Active Growth Capital.[7][failed verification][8][failed verification]

His international business experience includes being a member of numerous federal and provincial trade missions during the last two decades; the Toronto-Chongqing Sister City Twinning Mission; organizing the 1st Team Richmond Hill Mission to Asia Pacific; Richmond Hill – Shijiazhuang Sister City Twinning Mission, a member of the Advisory Board for Ontario Export Inc. and the bid team leader to host the 1997 World Chinese Entrepreneur Convention in Toronto.[citation needed]

Leung has been: founding president of the Richmond Hill & Markham Chinese Business Association, a corporate cabinet director of the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, a member of the Richmond Hill Naturalist, a director of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce and numerous other bi-lateral trade or business related associations.[9][10]

Leung is a director of the York Central Hospital Foundation, and a director of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Foundation.[11]


Before becoming the Conservative Party candidate in 2011, he was the party's candidate for Richmond Hill in the 2008 federal election, losing to Liberal candidate Bryon Wilfert.[12] He was also the candidate for Willowdale representing the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 2000 federal election, losing to Liberal candidate Jim Peterson.[13]

Leung was successfully elected to the House in 2011 as the MP for Willowdale, and has served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism since May 25, 2011.[1] During a meeting organized by The Association of North American Ethnic Journalists & Writers in January 2015, Leung was questioned over the closure of the Canadian embassy in Iran and was recorded saying: "Let me ask you, if you like Iran so much, then why do you come to Canada?" during a heated exchange.[14] Although Leung's staff indicated that this could have been the result of a miscommunication during cross-talk, it was a comment which angered some of those present, and Leung sent an email statement shortly after the incident stating that it was not his "intention to offend anyone. I regret if some attendees felt offended." [14]

Leung was defeated in the 2015 federal election by Liberal candidate Ali Ehsassi.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Chungsen Leung is married to Deborah Chute, and together they have one child, Elysia.[5] He has lived in the Willowdale riding for over two decades.[4]

Leung underwent training to play the bagpipes at Cape Breton's Gaelic College after becoming enamored with the instrument during a family vacation to Scotland.[16] Leung played two times for Queen Elizabeth II: once in 2002 for her Ontario Golden Jubilee celebrations and again in 2004, when he was asked to play for her in her summer retreat at Balmoral Castle.[16] Leung also played the bagpipes for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during their 2011 royal tour of Canada.[16]

Chungsen Leung is a cross country skier, a scuba instructor, an Eagle Scout and the Parliamentary Liaison to Scouts Canada.[citation needed]

In 2003, Leung and his wife, Deborah Chute, received five national "Green" awards for building their energy efficient and environmentally friendly house in Richmond Hill. These awards are: Enerquality Corporation for a super R-2000 house, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for a healthy home, Canadian Home Builder Association for best environmental practices, Enbridge for low gas consumption guarantee, and Enerwork for being one of the first to use solar energy heating.[citation needed]

Electoral recordEdit

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ali Ehsassi 24,519 53.4 +13.5
Conservative Chungsen Leung 16,990 37.0 -4.7
New Democratic Pouyan Tabasinejad 3,203 7.0 -11.4
Green James Arruda 1,025 2.2 +1.81
Independent Birinder Singh Ahluwalia 216 0.5
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,953 100.0     $206,712.87
Total rejected ballots 251 0.5 -0.1
Turnout 46,204 61.46 +3.06
Eligible voters 75,172
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +9.1
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Chungsen Leung 22,207 41.7 +9.2
Liberal Martha Hall Findlay 21,275 39.9 -8.8
New Democratic Mehdi Mollahasani 9,777 18.4 +8.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,259 100.0
Total rejected ballots 295 0.6 +0.2
Turnout 53,554 58.4 +6.5
Eligible voters 91,631
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.0


  1. ^ a b c "LEUNG, Chungsen, B.A., M.Sc". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 7 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "联邦大选 梁中心为保守党出征". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  3. ^ From Taiwan's shores to Canadian MP, in one generation[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Cross, Allison (3 May 2011). "Conservatives take Liberal safe seat in Willowdale". Toronto Star. Retrieved 7 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c "Richmond Hill". CBC News. 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Chungsen Leung: Executive Profile and Biography - Businessweek, April 19, 2011
  7. ^ Active Growth Capital Inc (ACK.V) People April 22, 2011
  8. ^ Company Summary TSX April 22, 2011
  9. ^ Federal Election Willowdale N.E. Neighbourhood Association, April 19, 2011[dead link]
  10. ^ Richmond Hill Naturalists Blog, April 22, 2011 Archived June 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ TRCA Board of Directors[failed verification] Archived June 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, April 18, 2011.
  12. ^ Richmond Hill - Canada Votes -, April 19, 2011.
  13. ^ Elections Canada Poll-by-poll Result Files, 1997 and 2000 General Elections., April 18, 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Toronto MP issues apology after comments anger Iranian-Canadians". CTV. January 27, 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Campbell, Megan (20 October 2015). "The loneliness of a losing candidate". Maclean's. Retrieved 20 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ a b c Raj, Althia (30 June 2011). "Bagpiping MP to play for Will and Kate". Postmedia News. Retrieved 7 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Willowdale, 30 September 2015
  18. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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