1.40% of Canada’s population comprises of Sikh people. They are not only credited for paving the path to Canada for all South Asian immigrants but have also created the presence of Sikhism in the United States.
After 4 years of being Canada’s third most important language, Punjabi officially became the third language in Parliament of Canada after English and French.
The said action was taken after the election of 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates to the House of Commons.
The Parliamentary elections, which were conducted on 19th October led to the selection of 23 South Asian-origin members, 3 out of whom do not speak Punjabi.
Out of 20 Punjabi speaking members, 14 are males and six are females. Also, 18 are Liberals and two are Conservatives.
Prime Minister-designate, Justin Trudeau, is scheduled to unveil his Cabinet this week.
MP Deepak Obhrai of Conservative Party said, “The voice of the Indo-Canadian community will now be very well represented in the Parliament. In the overall aspect of it, the South Asian community won.”
It’s a big step for Canada’s Parliament. It’s finally official. 🙂
News Source: First Post