WEB DESK: Four years after Punjabi became Canada’s third most common language, it has now attained the same status in the country’s new Parliament after English and French following the election of 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates to the House of Commons.
Twenty-three members of parliament of South Asian-origin were elected to the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada on October 19 parliamentary elections.
Of the 20 who speak Punjabi, 18 are Liberals and two are Conservatives. Among the newly-elected Punjabi-speaking MPs, 14 are males and six are females. Ontario elected 12, British Columbia four, Alberta three and one is from Quebec.
“The voice of the Indo-Canadian community will now be very well represented in the Parliament. In the overall aspect of it, the South Asian community won,” MP Deepak Obhrai of Conservative Party said.
“It speaks to our commitment to diversity and allowing individual [MPs] to play an important role in our political institutions. The main issue to understand is that we have a very clear mandate to execute our platform and we also have a responsibility to represent our constituents, which are very diverse,” said Navdeep Bains, a Liberal MP.
Source: Huffington Post