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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

Bains

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.

Sajjan

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.

Sohi
Minister Amarjeet Sohi, 51 is former Edmonton city councillor and have Sohi defeated Conservative cabinet minister Tim Uppal. Earlier this year, Sohi, who immigrated to Canada 35 years ago from India, opened up about his time as a political prisoner in the late 1980s. After he returned to India for volunteer work, he was arrested in Bihar, where police accused him of being a Sikh terrorist, with no evidence offered. He spent 21 months in prison, at first beaten and deprived of sleep, and was never charged. He also took a leadership role to create the Police Chief ‘s Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee, the Punjabi Cultural Association, and the Punjabi Arts Association.

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