Know The Indians In Upcoming Canadian Elections!

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In the upcoming Canadian elections for the 338-member parliament, as many as 40 are Indians..!!

There were eight Indo-Canadian MPs in the outgoing 308-member House of Commons. But this could go up this time as the three main parties – the Tories, Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party – have fielded 40 Indo-Canadians, including all the incumbents.

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Deepak Obhrai, who is also parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, is the longest-serving Indo-Canadian MP.

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The outgoing minister of state for sports Bal Gosal and the minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal are also in the league.

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One can see direct fights in constituencies with huge Indo-Canadian population such as Brampton, Surrey, Calgary and Edmonton. Apart from the 40 Indo-Canadians fielded by three main parties, a couple of Indo-Canadians are in the fray as independents.

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After the longest ever election campaign of 11 weeks in Canadian history, Monday’s vote will elect 338 members to the House of Commons – up from 308 in 2011 as 30 more constituencies have been added this time. Numbering about 1.2 million, Indo-Canadians make up more than three percent of Canada’s population of about 35 million and have become a significant political force.

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Canada elected its first Indian-origin MP in 1993, when turbaned Sikh Gurbax Malhi won from the Toronto-area.

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Canada also has the distinction of appointing an Indian-origin person as a full-fledged cabinet minister anywhere in the Western world when Herb Dhaliwal became the federal revenue minister in 1997.

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