VICTORIA -- The New Democrats will nominate a longtime member of the B.C. legislature to serve as Speaker.

Premier John Horgan says Raj Chouhan, who represents Burnaby-Edmonds, will be put forward on Monday as the party's choice for Speaker when the legislature resumes sitting.

He was first elected in 2005.

Before entering politics, Chouhan was the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers' Union and was the director of bargaining for the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years.

If he is elected by legislature members to serve as Speaker, Chouhan will replace Darryl Plecas, who did not run in October's provincial election.

Chouhan was the legislature's assistant deputy Speaker before the election.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.