Raj Chouhan, an Indian-origin legislator in Canada, has been elected because the Speaker of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, changing into first from the group to occupy the submit, in line with a media report.
Mr. Chouhan, who has represented Burnaby-Edmonds constituency 5 instances within the British Columbia legislature, has served as Deputy Speaker within the earlier authorities and could be changing retiring Darryl Plecas as Speaker, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News reported on December 7.
Punjab-born Chouhan immigrated to Canada in 1973 and began engaged on a farm.
“He was greatly impacted by the plight of other immigrant workers and the wide disparity between the rich and poor in a prosperous country. This contributed to his ongoing advocacy for community and social justice for workers,” the report stated, citing Mr. Chouhan’s biography.
“I am truly grateful to have been entrusted with this role by all members of the Legislative Assembly,” Mr. Chouhan was quoted as saying within the report.
“As a proud member of the Indo-Canadian community, I am tremendously proud of this historic occasion and honoured to continue my public service in this new role,” he added.
Mr. Chouhan’s choice was the primary order of enterprise on December 7 as British Columbia politicians returned to the legislature for a quick session after the October election that gave the New Democratic Party (NDP) a majority authorities.
Former NDP Cabinet Minister Moe Sihota known as Mr. Chouhan’s choice “a historic day for British Columbia”.
“We are in awe of Raj’s accomplishment and what it says about ethnic communities in general, and the degree with which we are beginning to take our place in society,” Mr. Sihota stated on CBC Radio.