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- 27 Bharatvanshi candidates were in the fray in the election, all 8 winners are from the ruling New Democratic Party.
- British Columbia has a population of 5 million, of which about 10% are of Indian origin.
Eight Canadian citizens of Punjab origin have won in the Provincial Election in British Columbia. The result of the election was declared late Saturday. 27 candidates of Indian origin were in the fray in the election held on Saturday. All 8 winners are from the ruling New Democratic Party. He secured an absolute majority with 55 seats in the 87-member house.
Three women are also among the Indian-Canadian winners. Human rights lawyer Aman Singh created history by becoming the first turbaned Sikh MLA in British Columbia. However, the province was first elected as a Punjabi (Moye Sihota) in 1986 as a legislator and in 2001 as a Sikh (Ujjwal Dosanjh) legislator.
Aman Singh went on a rampage by defeating former journalist Liberal Party journalist Jas Johal in Richmond-Queensborough. Most of the Indo-Canadians won in the Indian-dominated city of Surrey, on the outskirts of Vancouver.
Harry Bains from Jalandhar in the winning candidates
The winning candidates include Labor Minister Harry Bains, Deputy Speaker Raj Chauhan, former Minister Jini Sims and Parliamentary Secretaries Jagroop Brar and Ravi Kahlon. Bains retained his seat of Surrey-Newton by defeating Paul Boparai of the Liberal Party. Bains coming from Hardaspur village near Jalandhar have been winning this seat since 2005.
Deputy Chairman Raj Chauhan also retained his seat in Barnaby-Edmonds by defeating Satya Atwal of the Liberal Party and Iqbal Parekh of the Green Party. Chauhan came to Canada from Punjab in 1973 as a student. Jagroop Brar of the ruling party also retained his seat in Surrey-Fleetwood, leaving behind Gary Thind of the Liberal Party.
Jagroop Brar won Surrey-Fleetwood seat five times
A former Indian basketball player, Brar has won this seat five times since 2004. The fifth Indo-Canadian person to win is Ravi Kahlo of the ruling NDP. He has defeated Nema Manral born in Almora of Green Party and Jet Suner (Jatinder) of Liberal Party.
Sims has been in Canada since the age of nine
Among the women winners, Jenny Sims (Joginder Kaur) defeated opposition candidate Dr. Gulzar Cheema in Surrey-Panorama. Born in Pabwan village near Jalandhar, Sims immigrated to Canada at the age of nine.
Rachna Singh of the ruling party retained her Surrey-Green Timbers seat by defeating Dilraj Atwal of the Liberal Party. The ruling NDP’s Nikki Sharma won in Vancouver-Hastings. British Columbia has a population of 5 million, of which approximately 10% are people of Indian origin.