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Toronto : Punjabis’ influence in Canada reached a new high when Punjabi became the third most common language in the country’s House of Commons, after English and French. The recent elections in the country saw 20 Punjabi speaking candidates securing a place in the Parliament.

These 20 new lawmakers are among the 23 Indian origin candidates who secured a victory in the October 19 General elections, said a Hill Times report.

The Cabinet of Justin Trudeau, who is the Prime Minister-designate, which will be revealed later this week, is expected to include some Punjabi speaking legislators as well.

According to Liberal Party’s Navdeep Bains, these 20 lawmakers will represent all the constituents, irrespective of their party or ethnicity. He was quoted as saying, “It speaks to our commitment to diversity and allowing individual to play an important role in our political institutions,”

“The main issue to understand is that we have a very clear mandate to execute our platform and we also have a responsibility to represent our constituents, which are very diverse,” he said further.

Conservative party’s Deepak Obhrai said, “The voice of the Indo-Canadian community will now be very well represented in the parliament. In the overall aspect of it, the South Asian community won,”.

As many as 430,705 Canadians regard Punjabi as their mother tongue, according to the 2011 National Household Survey. This number is the third largest, after English and French.

While only 1.3% of the entire Canadian population comprises native Punjabi speakers, the newly elected 20 Punjabi speaking legislators make up almost 6 per cent of the country’s democratically elected house.

(With inputs from Hill Times)

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Joining forces with Canada — and perhaps other countries — seems designed to prod Zuckerberg and persuade him to change his mind.

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Parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada on Wednesday urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers examining fake news and the internet.

Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, is joining forces with his Canadian counterpart, Bob Zimmer, to pressure Zuckerberg to personally take part in hearings, as he did before the U.S Congress and the European Parliament. The so-called “international grand committee” session would be held Nov. 27 and could include lawmakers from other countries.

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“We understand that it is not possible to make yourself available to all parliaments. However, we believe that your users in other countries need a line of accountability to your organization — directly, via yourself,” the pair said in a letter to Zuckerberg. “We would have thought that this responsibility is something that you would want to take up.”

Social media companies have been under scrutiny in Britain following allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to profile voters and help U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. The committee is also investigating the impact of fake news distributed via social media sites globally.

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Collins has been irate with Facebook for sending Zuckerberg’s underlings to his committee’s hearings while the leader of the Silicon Valley company declined invitations to attend. Joining forces with Canada — and perhaps other countries — seems designed to prod Zuckerberg and persuade him to change his mind.

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“No such joint hearing has ever been held,” the pair wrote. “Given your self-declared objective to ‘fix’ Facebook, and to prevent the platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process, we would like to give you the chance to appear at this hearing.” (VOA)