Jean Yip, the widow of late Scarborough MP Arnold Chan will seek the Liberal nomination for her husband’s seat, she announced Saturday, just over a month after Chan died of cancer.
Yip and Chan were married for 19 years and had three sons: Nathaniel, Ethan and Theodore.
Jean Yip shared her intentions today morning with the media. She said in a statement, “As Arnold lived with cancer, I became more involved as a partner in serving the community. Together, we attended countless events and met with hundreds of families.The community supported us a great deal over that time and it would be my privilege to carry on the good work in the riding and in Ottawa on their behalf.”
Yip’s is a graduate of the University of Toronto, a former insurance underwriter, a volunteer with youth and a supporter of seniors’ issues as described on his campaign website.
Chan, MP for Scarborough-Agincourt, died in September at age 50. He had been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in January 2015, six months after he was first elected in a byelection.
Chan in his last speech urged MPs to “listen to each other,” and all Canadians to “give their heart to their democracy; that they treasure it, revere it.”