God, we give you thanks for Raj Chouhan in his dedicated service to the province and in his community. Bless and encourage him in all areas for which he is responsible, and provide him with Your wisdom, grace and mercy. Hold Mr. Chouhan and his family in the palm of Your hand as they go about their daily routines this season. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Raj Chouhan was first elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds in 2005. He was then re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. Raj currently serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and has served as Official Opposition critic for labour, human rights, multiculturalism and immigration.
Raj immigrated to Canada in 1973. As a student in India, Raj was actively involved in student union activities. Upon his arrival to Canada, Raj was greatly impacted by the plight of other immigrant workers and the wide disparity between the rich and poor in a prosperous country. This contributed to his ongoing advocacy for community and social justice for workers.
Raj is the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union and served as the director of bargaining for the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years. Raj also served as a member of the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and the Arbitration Bureau of B.C. Raj continues to support organizations in his community and has helped to promote diverse programs including neighbourhood safety, refugee assistance and health and wellness programs for seniors.