Raj Chouhan: We have won all Burnaby seats

MARCO POLO First of all congratulations to be elected again! Please describe your personal skills, knowledge, and background and why did you become involved in politics?
RAJ Chouhan Thank you! I have served as Opposition Critic for Labour, Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Immigration. I immigrated to Canada in 1973. As a student in India, I was actively involved in student union activities. Upon my arrival in Canada, I was greatly impacted by the plight of other immigrant workers and the wide disparity between the rich and poor in a prosperous country. I’am the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union and served as the director of bargaining for the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years, and as a member of the Labour Relations Board and the Arbitration Bureau. A founding member of the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism, Raj has worked relentlessly in promoting human rights and racial equality. I served as the vice-president of B.C. Human Rights Defenders since 2003. I took the courses on human rights, the B.C. Labour Code and collective bargaining since 1987. My strongest skill is my ability and commitment to build relationships, and to work with others to find solutions and improve our community.
MARCO POLO What are your top priorities for the riding in Burnaby and I’m looking in particular for the Italian Community?
RAJ Chouhan NDP government will also work to make life more affordable for people here in British Columbia. And we’ll build a sustainable economy with jobs that pay better and jobs that last. And one of the most pressing issues is looking for a solution to make houses (renting or owining) more affordable. regarding the Italian Community I have alots of friends and they have same problems with the cost of living.
MARCO POLO Liberals cling to minority government after B.C. Election 2017. How do you see the next government?
RAJ Chouhan We have to wait until May 24th when it woill be the final count for the last election and then we will talk about it.
MARCO POLO The Greens are the true winners, with a three-seat balance…
RAJ Chouhan The really winners are the people from BC. I f we are talking about parties so Liberals lost 4 seats, NDP won 6 seats more and Greens will have 2 more seats.
MARCO POLO Many provinces have multiple parties represented in their legislatures, however B.C. for decades now seems to be locked into a two-three-parties system. What negatives, and positives, do you see for the people of B.C. with the system as it currently is?
RAJ Chouhan Every day, it’s getting harder and harder for people to live here BC. It’s important for a wide variety of voices to be represented in the legislature. Votes in the legislature are just part of the process. Also important is public consultations and the work of committees. It’s time for a government cares about people, that works with people and makes decisions that will make their lives better.
MARCO POLO Which political figures, whether local, provincial, or federal, had impacted you?
RAJ Chouhan The two politicians that had the biggest impact on me are David Barrett and Jack Layton.
MARCO POLO And last do you have a special message for our readers?
RAJ Chouhan I want to thank you Burnaby Edmonds for such a huge support and putting your trust in me again. So honoured to get support of a large number of dedicated volunteers, and my amazing campaign team. So proud of our leader John Horgan for his leadership and hard work. We have won all Burnaby seats. As for the results province wide, I guess we have to wait for a few more days before we figure out what we are dealing with.
Thanks again everyone!

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