Sunday, May 27, 2012

MLA: Raj Chouhan - Burnaby-Edmonds

Father, we grateful to You for MLA: Raj Chouhan and his deep commitment and diligence in promoting human rights and racial equality in British Columbia. We appreciate that he took this commitment into his position as MLA for the riding of Burnaby-Edmonds. Lord we pray that You will give him new revelation, insight and wisdom as to the areas that he needs to direct his efforts to. Lead him to those people and organizations that will join with him and stand along side him in his desire to raise awareness of human rights for all people of our wonderful province. Renew his strength and keep him prosperous and in good health. In Jesus' name we pray.

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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