Gregory So Kam-leung
|Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development|
28 June 2011 – 30 June 2017
Acting from 13 April 2011 – 27 June 2011
|Chief Executive||Donald Tsang|
|Preceded by||Rita Lau|
|Succeeded by||Edward Yau|
|Undersecretary for Commerce and Economic Development|
2 June 2008 – 27 June 2011
|Preceded by||Position Created|
|Born||1959 (age 61–62)|
British Hong Kong
|Political party||Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong|
|Alma mater||Carleton University|
University of Ottawa
So moved to Canada at age 16, returning to Hong Kong in the 1980s. He got married and raised his family in Canada. So left Canada in the late 1990s and returned to work in Hong Kong. As a senior government official, So no longer has Canadian citizenship.
So was the vice chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong when he was appointed as Under Secretary. He resigned as the party's vice chairman then, but still maintain his membership.
In 2008 he was nominated Undersecretary for the Commerce and Economic Development under the 2008 Political Appointments System, at the 'cost' of having to renounce his Canadian citizenship. "It was a tough decision. In doing so, I have also had to give up my legal practice qualification in Canada where I still have friends and relatives," he said
On 28 June 2011, So was appointed to succeed Rita Lau as Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development after she resigned for health reasons in April 2011.
On 6 May 2014, So's office and home received delivery of faeces after he told Hongkongers to tolerate incidents where Mainland visitors freely defecate and urinate on the streets of Hong Kong. So's comment came after a mainlander become violent to bystanders after they allowed their child to urinate in public in Hong Kong. Since receipt of the faeces delivery, So has also announced threats to the people responsible for stating their actions to be "very unwise."
- Press release, "CE appoints Under Secretaries" (with photos), Government Information Service, 20 May 2008, Retrieved on 21 June 2008.
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- Asia Times. "Asia Times." Hong Kong deputies disappoint . Retrieved on 21 June 2008.
|New title|| Undersecretary for Commerce and Economic Development
| Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development