Your MP for Kingston and the Islands
One of only two new Liberals elected to federal office in 2011, Ted Hsu (pronounced "shoe") is the Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Ontario. He is the Liberal critic for Science and Technology, Post-Secondary Education. In June 2012, Ted became chair of the Ontario Liberal caucus, a committee composed of all Liberal MPs and Senators. Hsu, 49, graduated from Queen’s University in 1984 (B.Sc. Hons. Physics). He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a researcher with 25 published papers in physics; as an equities trader and financial manager in Paris and Philadelphia for Banque Nationale de Paris; and as an executive director in the Tokyo office of Morgan Stanley. He then spent three years as a stay-at-home father, and went on to serve as the executive director of SWITCH, a Kingston not-for-profit association that promotes job creation and investment in the area of sustainable energy. Hsu grew up in Kingston and his extended family has been living there since 1964. He and his wife, Tara Sharkey, are the proud parents of two daughters.
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Your Candidate for Kingston and the Islands
Born and raised in Kingston, Mark Gerretsen first entered municipal politics in 2006 and has served the citizens of Kingston for nearly a decade – most notably as Mayor from 2010 to 2014. As Mayor, Mark oversaw a number of key initiatives, including the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Development to improve customer service for residents, businesses and developers, and the development of an Age-Friendly Plan to focus on making Kingston livable for seniors in the community. A tireless advocate of a strong, thriving local community, Mark is committed to Kingston becoming Canada's most sustainable city. In 2012 Mark was elected to represent the City of Kingston on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors. As a member of Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), he worked with municipal leaders across Ontario advancing such issues as payments in lieu of taxes, the integration of social services and increased investment in local infrastructure and affordable housing. Mark holds an Economics degree from Queen’s University and also attended St. Lawrence College for Computer Engineering. He currently lives in the Calvin Park area with his wife and son.