First elected in a 2014 by-election, Arnold Chan was named the Liberal critic for the Federal Economic Development Agency for South Ontario and for tourism and small business. After the Liberal government came to power in 2015 he was named Deputy Government House Leader.
Chan grew up in Scarborough–Agincourt. He attended the University of Toronto earning a BA and then a Master’s in political science. He got his law degree from the University of British Columbia. He also has a Master’s in urban planning from the University of Toronto.
Before his election to the House of Commons Chan was Vice-President, Aboriginal/Corporate Affairs, and General Counsel Xeneca Power Development Inc., a water power development company which works on project throughout Northern Ontario. Chan also served as Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant to Dalton McGuinty when he was Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and was part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team. He also served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Revenue and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Chan is married and has three sons. He has served on his children’s school council and is a Scout leader. He has some proficiency in Mandarin and Cantonese.