Michael Chong was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004. He was formerly the Conservative Party’s deputy critic for Environment and Climate Change. Chong ran for leadership of the party in 2017, and placed fifth. He was notable in the race for being the only candidate to support a federal carbon tax, and was widely considered the most liberal-leaning of all the candidates.
In February 2006 Chong was appointed Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was the second Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister in Canadian history. He resigned from cabinet in November 2006 in opposition to the Harper government’s motion to recognize “the Québécois as a nation within a united Canada.”
As a backbench MP, Chong became well known for introducing the Reform Act. Bill C-586, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (candidacy and caucus reforms), received royal assent in 2015. The act amends the Parliament of Canada Act with regards processes for the expulsion and re-admission of a caucus member, the election and removal of a caucus chair, leadership reviews, and the election of an interim leader for political caucuses that voted to adopt the reforms.
Chong was the co-founder of the Dominion Institute, now Historica Canada. The institute is dedicated to raising awareness of Canadian history and politics.
Chong is married and has three sons. His family lives in Fergus in Wellington County. He has a degree in philosophy from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
Before being elected to the House of Commons, Chong was Chief Information Officer for the National Hockey League Players’ Association. He also worked as a senior technology consultant on the redevelopment of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.