January 2021 \ Diaspora News \ INDIAN ACHIEVERS IN NORTH AMERICA
Punjab-born Raj Chouhan elected Speaker in British Columbia

Punjab-born Raj Chouhan took oath as the Speaker ...

“I have spent my career advocating for the rights of every person and working to end discrimination and inequality, and I look forward to continue serving the people of British Columbia by ensuring our Assembly operates in a fair and just manner,” Chouhan added.

Known as a fierce advocate for equality, Chouhan is the founder president of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union. He has also been associated with the Hospital Employees Union in British Columbia. Premier John Horgan said Chouhan made history standing up for the rights of his fellow farm workers in the 1970’s. “He is making it again today as the 1st person of South Asian heritage to be elected Speaker of the British Columbia legislature,” he tweeted. Apart from Chouhan, the British Columbia Cabinet also has four Indo-Canadian ministers. While Harry Bains is the Minister of Labour, Ravi Kahlon serves as the Minister of Jobs and Economic Recovery. Rachna Singh and Nikki Sharma are parliamentary secretaries.

—Gurmukh Singh