CANADA NEWS: Raj Chouhan from India has elected a Canadian state speaker for British Columbia

Chouhan, who has represented Burnaby-Edmonds five times in the British Columbia legislature, has served as Deputy Speaker in the previous government and will replace retired Darryl Plecas as Speaker, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News News reported on Monday.

Raj Chouhan, an Indian-born Canadian legislator, has been named the first speaker of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, according to a media report.

Chouhan, who has represented Burnaby-Edmonds five times in the British Columbia legislature, has served as Deputy Speaker in the previous government and will replace retired Darryl Plecas as Speaker, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News News reported on Monday.

Chouhan, who was born in the Punjab, moved to Canada in 1973 and began working on a farm.

He was deeply moved by the plight of other immigrant workers and the wide gap between rich and poor in a prosperous country. This has contributed to his continued public representation and social justice for workers, the report said, citing Chouhan’s history.

“I am very pleased that I have been entrusted with this role by all members of the Legislature,” Chouhan was quoted as saying.

“As a proud member of the Indo-Canada community, I am very proud of this historic event and honored to continue my community service in this new role,” he added.

Chouhan’s election was the first business order on Monday as British Columbia politicians returned to the legislature shortly after the October election that gave the New Democratic Party (NDP) a central government.

Former NDP Cabinet Minister Moi Sihota has called Chouhan’s election “a historic day for British Columbia.” “We are appalled by Rajis’ accomplishments and what it means for communities of all races, and the extent to which we are beginning to take place in society,” Sihota told CBC Radio.

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