Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MLA: Raj Chouhan - Burnaby-Edmonds

Lord Jesus, we thank you for all our elected leaders in British Columbia. Today we pray for MLA Raj Chouhan that you would lead and guide him as he serves his constituents of Burnaby-Edmonds. Lord we pray that you will answer all of his prayers as he fulfills  his duties as the Official Opposition Critic for Labour and Opposition Deputy Whip. We thank you for his diligence and commitment in the various roles he has taken on.  Give him your strength, joy, wisdom and peace in his daily life.  

Raj Chouhan was elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds on May 17, 2005 and re-elected on May 12, 2009. Raj serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Labour. Previously Raj served as critic for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Immigration. Raj also serves as the Opposition Deputy-Whip since 2007.

Before immigrating to Canada in 1973, Raj was involved in student union activities in India. On his arrival in Canada, Raj was impacted by the plight of immigrant workers and developed a passion for community and social justice work.

Raj is the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers' Union, and he served as the Director of Bargaining at the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years. Raj has also served as a member of the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and the Arbitration Bureau of B.C.

A founding member of the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism, Raj has worked in promoting human rights and racial equality. He has served as the Vice President of B.C. Human Rights Defenders since 2003. Raj has taught courses on Human Rights, the B.C. Labour Code and collective bargaining since 1987. He has traveled across Canada to give seminars and attend conferences that raise awareness of issues regarding racism, poverty, worker rights, and discrimination.

In addition, Raj supports many programs offered through community organizations including neighbourhood safety, refugee assistance, and health and wellness programs for seniors.

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