Sunday, September 23, 2012

MLA: Raj Chouhan - Burnaby-Edmonds

Dear Lord Jesus, please hear our prayer for MLA: Raj Chouhan. We thank You that he is a part of upholding the quality of life we all enjoy here in British Columbia.  We ask that You will minister to his soul each day as he addresses the issues that are before him.  Lord, we pray that You will give him strength and confidence as he strides forward each day into this busy world and Your supernatural peace to his inner being. Give him loving relationships in his life to encourage him in the midst of carrying out all of his responsibilities.  Lord, may You also give him  holy angels that surround and protect him from any and all harm. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord. Amen.

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 Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights. Previously Raj served as critic for Labour. 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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