Seven candidates of Punjabi origin settled in Canada emerged winners in British Columbia (BC) provincial polls, results of which were declared on Wednesday.Among the Punjabi MLAs are a hockey Olympian and a journalist while three managed to retain their seats. Ravi Kahlon, who represented Canada in the 2000 (Sydney) and 2008 (Beiing) Olympics, got elected from Delta North riding (constituency) as the New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate.Six of them belong to New Democratic Party (NDP). They are Rachana Singh, who was declared victorious from Surrey-Green Timbers); Harry Bains (Surrey-Newton), Jagrup Brar (Surrey-Fleetwood), Raj Chohan (Burnaby-Edmonds), Jinny Sims (Surrey-Panorama) and Ravi Kahlon (Delta North). Besides them, Jes Johal (Richmond-Queens borough) of the Liberal Party also won.Indian Canadians constitute more than five percent of the population of British Columbia of 4.4 million, and Punjabi is the third largest spoken language in the province.
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