The 1.25 million-strong Indo-Canadian community, making 3 percent of the Canada’s overall population, had much to cheer about recently as it more than doubled its representation in the new Canadian Parliament with the election of a record number of 19 elected MPs. The new number of NRI lawmakers far outstripped the previous high of nine.
15 NRI Liberal candidates, 3 NRIs from the Conservative Party and One NRI from the New Democratic Party (NDP) were elected as the Liberal Party defeated the Conservatives. The general elections saw 338 seats going for poll.
Some of the prominent NRI elected candidates include Deepak Obhrai, winning for the seventh consecutive time from Calgary Forest; Darshan Kang winning the Calgary seat, conservative Tim Uppa retained his seat in Edmonton and Jasvir Sandhu of the NDP won from Surrey Centre.
However, the biggest loser was minister of state for sports Bal Gosal, who lost by about 6,000 votes to the Liberal Party candidate Ramesh Sangha, also an NRI in Brampton Centre constituency of Ontario.
The other winning candidates include Raj Grewal, Ramesh Sangha, Kamal Khera, Ruby Sahota, Sonia Sidhu, Navdeep Bains, Gagan Sikand, Raj Saini, Bardish Chagger and Bob Saroya Yasmin Ratansi, Chandra Arya, Harjit Sajjan, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Jati Sidhu.
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