Media Advisory - Hon. Anson Chan, former chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, to speak at Fraser Institute luncheon

    VANCOUVER, April 16 /CNW/ - The Honourable Anson Chan, former Chief
Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR),
will discuss the critical role of freedom and democracy in shaping the future
of Hong Kong's economy at The Fraser Institute's annual Dr. Harold Walter
Siebens lecture in Vancouver on Wednesday, April 18.
    Mrs. Chan will also discuss her ideas for a roadmap and timetable for
electoral reform leading to universal suffrage in Hong Kong, both for election
of the Chief Executive and for elections to the Legislative Council.
    In recognition of her contributions to economic and political freedoms,
Mrs. Chan will be presented with the T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award at the
luncheon. This award honours The Fraser Institute's founder and is presented
annually to an individual who exemplifies the mission and philosophy of the
Institute to an outstanding degree.
    Mrs. Chan retired in early 2001 as the Chief Secretary for Administration
of the HKSAR after nearly 40 years of service. As Chief Secretary, she was the
principal adviser to Hong Kong's Executive, Mr. Tung Chee Hwa. Mrs. Chan was
the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the post of Chief Secretary
after 150 years of British rule.
    Mrs. Chan will hold a media briefing at 10:00 am at the Fairmont
Waterfront Centre Ballroom. There will also be a media table at the luncheon
and Dr. Harold Walter Siebens lecture. Interested media are invited to attend
either event and are asked to confirm their attendance with Raeann Co at (604)
688-0221 ext. 568.

    DATE:        Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    TIME:        10:00am - Media Briefing
                 12:15pm - Lunch
                 12:45pm - Speech (timing is approximate)
                 1:15pm - Q & A

    LOCATION:    The Fairmont Waterfront Centre Ballroom
                 900 Canada Place Way
                 Vancouver, BC

    The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational
organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

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For further information: Raeann Co, Media Relations Co-ordinator, The
Fraser Institute, Tel. (604) 688-0221 ext. 568, Email:

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