in Toronto, Ontario in 1977, has been re-elected to the Parliament for the third time. He had
made history, in July 2004, by becoming the second youngest person to
become a legislator in North America. (Rahim Jaffer, who was not
re-elected this year, is known to be the first one when he was first
elected in 1997.)
his re-election, Bains said that, "None of my past successes would
have been possible without the dedicated volunteers and supporters who
fought without fail on each of our campaigns. This latest victory was
especially hard-won and our result is a testament to the solid campaign
which we ran, a campaign built on people.
"When the 40th Parliament begins, my Liberal colleagues and I will
have a crucial job to continue to hold the Government to account and
present Canadians with a better vision for our country."
born November 1, 1960 in Punjab, India, has been re-elected to the Parliament from the riding of
Newton-North Delta. He was first elected in 2006. An engineering graduate from
Alberta, Sukh moved to Surrey and started his own land surveying
company, He has been an active member of the community. Upon his
victory, he said, "Representing the issues, concerns
and problems that you bring forth to me is a responsibility that I take
very seriously. I have no power, no ability to create change
without your confidence, and it is this understanding that guides me in
September 9, 1947, Jalandhar, India,
former Minister of Health (from July 2004 to February 2006), in the Liberal Government, a former NDP premier of British Columbia (the first
non-white to become premier in Canada), was reelected for the third term in
been re-elected to the Parliament. In July 2004, she had come to the riding
as a Martin 'appointee'. By her dedicated work for the community, she
has been rewarded by her constituents, even though the Conservative
Party made gains
in the so-called Liberal "immigrant and newcomer"
Grewal, Canada's first Indian-origin MP from Fleetwood-Port Kells in British
Columbia province, was re-elected for the third term.
Thanking her supporters following the victory, Conservative MP
Nina Grewal, who was re-elected in a landslide
victory said she was pleased with the result despite it resulting in
another minority government.
"I worked so hard for the people of Fleetwood-Port Kells; my
work speaks for itself," she said.
Ontario, were re-elected. With Ruby Dhalla, they form a 'trio' of first South Asian women in Parliament.
They join Mobina
Jaffer (from BC), the first South Asian Senator, who was appointed
by Prime Minister Jean
Chretien on June 13, 2001_
Canada's first female Muslim MP is going back to Parliament for
a third consecutive term.
And just as she has done in two previous elections, Yasmin
Ratansi won easily in the riding that has been a Liberal
stronghold for the past 15 years and is home to the fifth largest
immigration population in Canada.
first turbaned Sikh to become an MP
in 1993, is back in parliament for the sixth time.
Expressing happiness over the election of another
turbaned Sikh, he said: "It is good to have more of our
people in positions of importance. Tim Uppal's election is good
news for us. He will help spread the message about ourselves - who
In his new term, Malhi said, his priority is to
facilitate Canadian visas for visitors from Punjab.
"Right now, the Canadian office in Chandigarh
does not issue visas to most people. I introduced a motion on the
issue in parliament last year for a bond system and I will do it
again now," he said.
The six-time MP said he will also introduce a
motion to check fraud marriages by Indian-Canadians in Punjab.
"The motion will make it mandatory that if
someone goes to Punjab to get married and bring his or her spouse,
he or she should not be allowed to remarry for five years if they
divorce after coming to Canada," he said.
born July 5, 1950 in Oldeani, Tanzania, is a
pro in the Parliament. He
was first elected to the House of Commons
in 1997 on Reform ticket, and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
moved on to Canadian Alliance, and then
Progressive Conservative and finally Conservative Party of Canada in
was re-appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
in Stephen Harper's cabinet.
He is a past president of the India-Canada Association,
the Monterey Community Association and the Hindu Society of Calgary, and
Vice-President of the National Indo/Canadian Council.
Devinder Shory, born
and raised in Punjab, India, a practising lawyer in Calgary, is
another first-time Punjabi MP. He has been elected from Calgary Northeast, beating two fellow
Indian-Canadians - Sanam Kang of the Liberal Party and Vinay Dey of
the New Democratic Party (NDP). He had previously tried his luck in the Alberta provincial
1974 in New Westminster, British Columbia,
Park in Alberta Province.
He will join for the first
time the other Indian-origin MPs who have been re-elected to the new
Gurbax Malhi and Navdeep Bains, Tim is the third 'turbaned MP' in
sitting MPs who lost election were Wajid Khan and Rahim Jaffar.