Three Sikhs Indo-Canadian are selected in Justin Trudeau Cabinet
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formed his new 31-member cabinet balancing regional representation, ethnicity, religion, language, and gender. Among them are three Indo-Canadian Sikhs in the Trudeau selection.
The cabinet pick from among the Punjabis MPs are
- Navdeep Bains (Ontario) – Innovation, Science and Economic Development
- Harjit Sajjan (B.C.) – National Defence
- Amarjeet Sohi (Alberta) – Infrastructure and Communities
Navdeep Bains, a 38-year-old Indianorigin Canadian Sikh MP who played a key role in prime minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership bid in 2013, is likely to get a ministerial berth, a media report has said. Having served as the MP for Mississauga-Brampton South from 2004 to 2011, Mr. Bains has gained extensive experience as the parliamentary secretary to the prime minister and as the Liberal Critic in various portfolios. Navdeep Bains is presently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management and holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance.
Vancouver member of parliament Harjit Sajjan, 42 was another cabinet Minister is a former lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces with three deployments to Afghanistan. Sajjan was the first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment. After leaving the army, he also served as a police officer for 11 years.