About Raise the Rates
RAISE THE RATES is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia.
Vancouver. For over 20 years, Jenny Kwan has fought for the people of East Vancouver—and in 2015 was elected to represent this community in Parliament.
Born in Hong Kong, Jenny immigrated to Canada at age nine. After graduating from Simon Fraser University, she worked as a community legal advocate in the Downtown Eastside. And in 1993, she became the youngest city councillor elected in Vancouver’s history, distinguishing herself as a fearless voice for the community.
In 1996, she was elected MLA for Vancouver—Mount Pleasant, becoming one of the first Chinese-Canadians to sit in the Legislative Assembly. She went in to serve as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Women’s Equality and Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives & Volunteers.
Jenny was the BC government’s lead in developing the Vancouver Agreement, a ground-breaking initiative promoting health, safety and well-being in the Downtown Eastside. Re-elected as an MLA in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013, Jenny’s work on behalf of our community has consistently been recognized by East Vancouver voters.
From the community to the Legislature, Jenny has made a difference in the lives of people in Vancouver East. Now she’s ready to help build a better community as a Member of Parliament.