As South Asian Canadians became more politicized, took up positions in unions, and became more vocal about their rights as Canadians within the labour movement, they also began to move directly into politics. Jinny Sims, Raj Chouhan, Harry Bains and Moe Sihota are just four of the examples of prominent South Asians who were pillars of the South Asian Canadian community, and for the first three of them, it was directly their work within the labour movement that helped launch their political careers, thus allowing them to continue to work to build a more progressive, more inclusive BC.

The problem of racism and exclusion continues into the present day, in workplaces and even within unions.

The relationship of South Asian Canadians to the labour movement shows that unions can be an important partner to help build solidarities between the diverse working classes of British Columbia for their mutual strength and benefit.


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