BC NDP candidate Frank Huang
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The chair of the BC Premier's Chinese Community Advisory Council said he did ask BC NDP candidate Frank Huang to run for the BC Liberals, but didn't know about his communist past at the time.
Kenneth Fung confirmed Huang's story that he approached the candidate for Richmond Centre in February asking him to consider running for the Liberals.
"Yes, I asked him once if he would be interested to run," said Fung in an email. "But at that time, I was not aware of his connection with the Chinese Communist Party."
Fung said the NDP is now attacking him for "exposing" Huang's communist party membership.
Huang said he only had the membership as part of his job working for a provincial government in China during the 1990s.
Fung said he was also upset about receiving an email from NDP deputy campaign director Jane O'Brien asking for a donation.
But a spokesman for the NDP said the email was a typical mass email and the party sends thousands out per day.