Canadian Desi’s have come a long way from the times when they weren’t allowed to vote to now, when a Canadian Desi is leading a major federal party. More on this struggle some other day in a different series of articles.
The following is a list of current South Asian Origin Member of Parliament in Canada. This list would change depending on how the elections in 2019 go, however we are working on another list that would comprise of all the Canadian Desi’s that have served the Parliament as a Member in the past so stay tuned for that! Some interesting facts on this list are:
- There are a total of 23 MPs in Canada that are of South Asian Origin out of the 338 seats which is about 6.8% ratio.
- As of 2016, population of South Asians in Canada is 1.96 Million which is 5.4% of the total Canadian Population.
- 18 of these MPs are from Liberal Party, 2 MPs are from Conservative and 1 MP from NDP. The other two Independent MPs once belonged to Liberal as well.
- The ratio of these South Asian MPs are: 78% Liberal, 8.69% Conservative, 4.34% NDP and 8.69% Independent.
- In Contrast, the ratio of Candidates across all other ethnicities in Canada is as follows: Liberal at 53.25%, followed by Conservatives at 28.70% and NDP at 12%. Independents are at 1.18%.
|1||Deepak Obhrai||Conservative||Calgary Forest Lawn|
|2||Darshan Kang||Independent||Calgary Skyview|
|3||Amarjeet Sohi||Liberal||Edmonton Millwoods|
|4||Jagmeet Singh||NDP||Burnaby South|
|5||Jatinder Sidhu||Liberal||Mission/ Matsqui /Fraser Canyon|
|6||Randeep Sarai||Liberal||Surrey Centre|
|8||Harjit Sajjan||Liberal||Vancouver South|
|9||Ramesh Sangha||Liberal||Brampton Centre|
|10||Raj Grewal||Independent||Brampton East|
|11||Ruby Sahota||Liberal||Brampton North|
|12||Sonia Sidhu||Liberal||Brampton South|
|13||Kamal Khera||Liberal||Brampton West|
|14||Raj Saini||Liberal||Kitchener Centre|
|15||Bob Saroya||Conservative||Markham/ Unionville|
|16||Iqra Khalid||Liberal||Mississauga—Erin Mills|
|20||Arif Virani||Liberal||Parkdale—High Park|
|21||Salma Zahid||Liberal||Scarborough Centre|