Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Interview with the Honourable Michael Chan

The Honourable Michael Chan
Minister of Tourism and Culture
Province of Ontario


I wondered how Minister Chan became the Minister of Tourism and Culture. He shares with us that his portfolio with the government started as Minister of Revenue, then Minister of Citizenship & Immigration and now Minister of Tourism and Culture in 2010. He tells us that the government found it a natural choice to combine Tourism and Culture. Muku adds here that “it is the Premier's prerogative to appoint a Minister, but they wanted to put someone with an economic background to the portfolio and someone with a business mind. Mr. Michael Chan met all these requirements and more”. The Festival Nomad and Minister Chan had a chat about both of their backgrounds. Michael Chan spent over 30 years as a leader in the insurance business in the Mississauga and Markham area. The Festival Nomad’s family is now in its fifth generation of insurance agents. Here though, Minister Chan went on to give us the Scoop, that he likes the business “because of the people he dealt with”. His brokerage offered both life and general insurance at competative and large quantities, which few agencies can offer. What Michael Chan enjoyed was “engaging the people all the time!” He tells us he “enjoyed the flexibility of time and enjoying life all at the same time!” Michael Chan shares that it was his own choice to go into politics, as he feel “it is also a way of engaging people”. He seems proud of the fact that he has trained himself over the years. It appeared Minister Chan is well received within the political field as he won the past election with the approval of 33% above others. Minister Chan states that “once people understand your style … like an Out-there-Person who likes to talk about issues and concerns of others, you get to engage with them”. He tells us “that regardless who the people are, what their philosophies are, whether they agree with him or not, he still enjoys his challenges”.
(To Be Continued)

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