PUNJABI- The third most common language in the parliament of Canada

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Punjabi became the third most common language after English and French, in the House of Commons of Canada. Inside the parliament: 20 Punjabi - speaking candidates were elected to the parliament in October 2015.

  • On 19 October 2015, 23 Members of Parliament of South Asian origin were elected to the House of Commons.
  • during parliamentary elections there were 20 candidates who speak Punjabi.
  • Out of the 20 candidates, 8 are Liberals and two are Conservatives.
  • Among the newly - elected Punjabi - speaking MPs, 14 are men and 6 are women.
  • Twelve candidates were elected from Ontario, 4 from British Columbia, 3 from Alberta three and one belongs to Quebec.
  • According to the Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 430705 Canadians identified Punjabi as their mother tongue.
  • Thereby making it the third most common language after English and French.
  • In calculation, 430705 native Punjabi speakers make up about 1.3 percent of Canada’s population.
  • 20 Punjabi - speaking MPs represent almost 6 percent of the House of Commons.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 4, 2015