Governance in Hong Kong– Updates by Anson Chan and Martin Lee

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 20144:00PM - 6:00PMExternal Event, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, 8th floor, Robarts Library, 130 St.George Street
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Mrs. Anson Chan retired as the Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government in 2001. As Chief Secretary, she headed the 190,000-strong civil service. She was the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong. During her career in the public service she was responsible, amongst other things, for development of Hong Kong’s economic infrastructure including the planning and construction of Hong Kong’s new international airport, which opened in July 1998, port expansion and deregulation of the telecommunications market.
In recent years, Mrs. Chan has taken a prominent role in the campaign for full universal suffrage for election of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and all members of the Legislature. In December 2007 she stood as a candidate in a by-election for a seat in the Legislative Council and won by a convincing margin. Mrs. Chan is well known for her stand on transparent and accountable government, on democracy and on safeguarding the rights and freedoms enshrined in the “one country, two systems” concept that applies to Hong Kong.

Mr. Martin Lee is the founding member of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong. He served as a member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee from 1985 to 1989. He was first elected to the Legislative Council in 1985 and has been overwhelmingly re-elected in every election since. Mr. Lee decided not to seek re-election to the Legislative Council when he stepped down in September 2008. He has been active in the debate of the democratic reform and prospects for universal suffrage of the Chief Executive in 2017.

Light refreshments are provided.

Please register for the event by April 5, 2014. Thank you.


Lisa Qiu


Ms. Anson Chan
Former Chief Secretary for Administration of both the British Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Governments

Mr. Martin Lee
Founding member of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong


Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library


Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Asian Institute

University of Toronto Libraries

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