Now Punjabi 3rd most spoken language in Canadian parliament

INTERpunlangFour years ago Punjabi was listed as Canada’s third most common language. Now Punjabi is the 3rd most spoken language in Canada’s Parliament, after English and French.

23 members of Parliament of South Asian origin were elected to the House of Commons in the October parliamentary elections. Of the 20 who speak Punjabi, 18 are Liberals and 2 are Conservatives. 14 MPs are male and 6 are female. Ontario elected 12, British Columbia four, Alberta three and one is from Quebec.

MP Deepak Obhrai of the Conservative Party said ‘the voice of the Indo-Canadian community will now be well represented in Parliament, and in the overall aspect the South Asian community won.’ The 20 Punjabi speaking MPs represent almost 6% of the House of Commons.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 430,705 Canadians identified Punjabi as their mother tongue. 430,705 native Punjabi speakers make up about 1.3 percent of Canada’s population.