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New government in Canada province has 2 Indian-origin ministers

The new government in the Canadian province of British Columbia has two ministers of Indian-origin - Harry Bains and Ravi Kahlon.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2017 16:17 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times, Toronto
Canada,Indo-Canadian politicians,British Columbia
Harry Bains, who was appointed labour minister in the new provincial government in the Canadian province of British Columbia.(Courtesy New Democratic Party, British Columbia)

Sixteen years after Ujjal Dosanjh was the first and, till date, only premier of Indian origin of a Canadian province, as he led the government in British Columbia, his New Democratic Party (NDP) has returned to power as its leader John Horgan became the province’s 36th Premier.

As the Indo-Canadian community’s support to the NDP helped propel it to power, particularly in Surrey region, two members of the new 22-strong Cabinet hail from this area. Jinny Sims will be British Columbia’s Minister of Citizens’ Services while Harry Bains will be the labour minister.

Jinny Sims, who was appointed Minister of Citizens’ Services in the new provincial Government in British Columbia. (Courtesy New Democratic Party, British Columbia)

Sims is a former MP who was defeated in the 2015 federal elections and won her set from the Surrey-Panorama riding (as constituencies are called in Canada) during the May 9 elections.

Bains has been a veteran legislator, having won multiple elections since 2005. He was re-elected from Surrey-Newton.

The provincial election had witnessed a hung assembly and for two months, the government was led by outgoing premier Christy Clark of the Liberal Party.

Ravi Kahlon, who was appointed parliamentary secretary for sport and multiculturalism in the new provincial government in British Columbia. (Courtesy New Democratic Party, British Columbia)

The Indo-Canadian presence in ministerial ranks is bolstered by the appointment of Ravi Kahlon, elected from Delta North, as parliamentary secretary for sport and multiculturalism. A relative newcomer to politics, Kahlon is known for having twice been a member of the Canadian men’s field hockey team at the Olympic Games.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 16:17 IST