NDP incumbent MLA Raj Chouhan retains his seat

  • Vancouver.desi, Vancouver
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  • Updated: May 19, 2013 15:51 IST

National Democratic Party(NDP) incumbent Raj Chouhan held on to his seat in Burnaby-Edmonds in a close race over Liberal Jeff Kuah.

First elected in 2005 and later re-elected in 2009 with over 50 per cent of the support in the riding, Chouhan has most recently been the NDP critic for Immigration, Multiculturalism and Human Rights. He has also served as the NDP critic for Labour and earlier for Mental Health.

Before entering politics, Chouhan was the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union and served as the director of Bargaining for the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years. He also served as a member of the Arbitration Bureau of B.C. and the Labour Relations Board.

A founding member of the British Columbia (BC) organization to fight racism, Chouhan has promoted human rights and racial equality since coming to Canada. He served as vice-president of the BC Human Rights Defenders and has taught courses on human rights, the BC Labour Code and collective bargaining since 1987.

Chouhan and his wife, Inder, are parents to two grown children and have two granddaughters, Chloe and Neve.


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