The Hill Times reports that Punjabi is now the third largest language spoken by people in the House of Commons.
In total, 23 MPs of South Asian origin were elected to the House last month. Three of them—Liberal MP Chandra Arya (Nepean, Ont.) who was born and raised in India, Gary Anandasangaree (Scarborough-Rouge Park, Ont.) who is Tamil, and Maryam Monsef (Peterborough-Kwartha, Ont.) who is of Afghan origin—do not speak Punjabi.
Of the 20 who do speak Punjabi, 18 are Liberals and two are Conservatives.
The NDP does not have any Punjabi-speaking MPs in caucus after B.C. MPs Jinny Sims and Jasbir Sandhu both lost on Oct. 19.
Among the newly-elected Punjabi-speaking MPs, 14 are males and six are females. Ontario elected 12, British Columbia four, Alberta three and one is from Quebec.
A Vancouver friend of mine noticed a while back how much Indo-Canadians put themselves forward into media,as newscasters,or on radio, while Chinese Canadians typically do not seek out the limelight. Cultures vary according to the degree to which the participants choose to stick their necks out.