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Marci Ien

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Toronto Centre
Assumed office
October 26, 2020
Preceded by Bill Morneau
Personal details
Born July 29, 1969 (1969-07-29) (age 52)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Residence Davisville Village, Toronto
Alma mater Ryerson University
Occupation Journalist, television host
Known for Former co-host of The Social, former news anchor for Canada AM

Marci Ien MP (born July 29, 1969) is a Canadian politician serving as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre. Previously, she was a broadcast journalist for CTV. She co-hosted the CTV daytime talk show The Social from 2017 until 2020. Previously, she was a reporter for CTV News and a co-anchor on the CTV morning program Canada AM.

On September 17, 2020, Ien was announced as the Liberal Party of Canada's candidate in Toronto Centre for a by-election to fill the seat vacated by former Finance minister Bill Morneau. She won the by-election on October 26, 2020, defeating Green Party of Canada leader Annamie Paul.

Background

Ien graduated with a degree in radio and television arts from Ryerson University in 1991. She began her career at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario in 1991 as a news writer and general assignment reporter. In 1995 she began reporting from Queen's Park in Toronto, with her reports appearing both on CHCH's local news and on WIC's national newscast Canada Tonight. In 1997 she moved to CTV as a reporter for CTV Atlantic, covering major stories including the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.

In 1995, Ien won a Radio Television Digital News Association Award for her news serial Journey to Freedom, a look at the Underground Railroad. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Black Business and Professional Association Harry Jerome Award in the media category. In 2014, she was granted the Planet Africa Award for excellence in media. In 2015, Ien garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination in the Best Host category for her work on Canada AM. In 2016, she was honoured with an African Canadian Achievement Award for her journalistic achievements.

As a child, Ien was a regular on the Crossroads Christian Communications program Circle Square.

Politics

On September 17, 2020, Ien was announced as the Liberal candidate for the by-election to the 43rd Canadian Parliament for Toronto Centre, following the resignation of Bill Morneau.

Ien was elected to the Parliament of Canada on October 26, 2020. She was formally sworn in on November 25, 2020.

Personal life

Marci Ien is a Black Canadian of Trinidadian descent. Born in St. James Town and raised in Toronto where she now lives with her two children, Blaize and Dash.

Her father, Joel Ien, came to Canada in the late 1960s to attend university and went on to a career in education as a teacher, principal, and school superintendent in Toronto.

Electoral record

Canadian federal by-election, October 26, 2020: Toronto Centre
Resignation of Bill Morneau
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Marci Ien 10,581 41.2 -15.37
Green Annamie Paul 8,250 32.7 +25.7
New Democratic Brian Chang 4,280 17.0 -5.29
Conservative Benjamin Gauri Sharma 1,435 5.7 -6.44
PPC Baljit Bawa 269 1.1
Libertarian Keith Komar 135 0.5
Independent Kevin Clarke 123 0.5
Free Party Canada Dwayne Cappelletti 76 0.3
No affiliation Above Znoneofthe 56 0.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 25,205    
Total rejected ballots 118
Turnout 25,323 31.1 -35.12
Eligible voters 81,400
Elections Canada
Liberal hold Swing -20.53
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