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Updated Dec 11, 2020

NRI Raj Chouhan becomes the politician to serve as Speaker for the B.C. legislature

Raj Chouhan, five-time MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds, has been chosen Speaker of the B.C. Legislature, becoming the first NRI to serve in the position in Canada. 
"I am truly grateful to have been entrusted with this role by all members of the legislative assembly," Chouhan said.
"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."


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Dec., 2017: Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds and Deputy Speaker of Canada's British Columbia Legislative Assembly,

Canadian British Columbia Legislative Assembly's Deputy Speaker offered Punjab Speaker to establish a partnership agreement between the two assemblies.

British Columbia, Punjab assemblies keen on partnership pact
Chandigarh, Dec 12 (IANS) Raj Chouhan, Deputy Speaker of Canada's British Columbia Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday called upon Punjab Speaker Rana K.P. Singh here and discussed the possibility of establishing a partnership agreement between the two assemblies.

He also conveyed congratulations to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on behalf of British Columbia Premier John Horgan for winning the elections early this year.

During the half an hour interaction, Chouhan, legislator from Burnaby-Edmonds in Vancouver, handed over a draft partnership agreement to his counterparts besides discussing various issues being faced by both houses, a Punjab government statement said.

He also conveyed that the Speaker and the Clerk of Legislative assembly of British Columbia would like to visit Chandigarh to meet Rana K.P. Singh to finalise the agreement.

Chouhan said Horgan is interested in strengthening the bilateral ties, trade relations and cultural relations between the two states.

Welcoming Chouhan, the Punjab Speaker said it was a matter of pride that Punjabis like him attained height in various fields at Canada.

He said the initiative taken by the British Columbia Speaker would be a learning experience for both states as legislatures of the both states can learn many things from each other



Raj Chouhan with his wife Inder Chouhan

Raj Chouhan currently serves as Deputy Speaker.

  • He was elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds on May 17, 2005 and re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017.
  • He has previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights and as Assistant Deputy Speaker.
  • He has served as the Vice President of B.C. Human Rights Defenders since 2003.
  • Raj is the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union, and he served as the Director of Bargaining at the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years
  • Raj has also served as a member of the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and the Arbitration Bureau of B.C.
  • He is founding member of the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism and  has worked in promoting human rights and racial equality. He has traveled across Canada to give seminars and attend conferences that raise awareness of issues regarding racism, poverty, worker rights, and discrimination.
  • Raj supports many programs offered through community organizations including neighbourhood safety, refugee assistance, and health and wellness programs for seniors.
  • Raj has taught courses on human rights, the B.C. Labour Code and collective bargaining since 1987

 Raj immigrated to Canada in 1973. As a student in India, he was actively involved in student union activities.


Burnaby is a city in British Columbia, Canada, located immediately to the east of Vancouver.

  • It is the third-largest city in British Columbia by population, surpassed only by nearby Surrey and Vancouver.
  • It was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992, one hundred years after incorporation.
  • It is the seat of the Greater Vancouver Regional District's government, the board of which calls itself Metro Vancouver.

The district is located in southern Burnaby, British Columbia. It is bordered by Boundary Road to the west, Imperial and Mayfield Streets to the north, 4th Street to the east, and 10th Avenue and Fraser River to the south.





Dec., 2017: Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds and Deputy Speaker of Canada's British Columbia Legislative Assembly,