Who: Indian-born Harjit Sajjan
What: Sworn-in as Defence Minister of Canada
When: 4 November 2015
Indo-Canadian Sikh Harjit Sajjan was on 4 November 2015 sworn-in as Defence Minister of Canada. Sajjan succeeded Conservative Defence Minister Jason Kenney.
He is one of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 30-member Cabinet that was sworn-in at a public ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada. Trudeau was sworn-in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.
Sajjan is a decorated Lt Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces who was elected as a MP for Vancouver South. He has served in Bosnia and had three deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. He has received numerous military honours, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 2013.
As the new Defence Minister, Sajjan will work with Trudeau on reshaping Canada’s combat mission fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Sajjan was born in India and later moved to Canada with his family when he was five-years-old.
Other Indian-born Cabinet Ministers in the Canadian Cabinet
• Amarjeet Sohi was sworn in as Minister for Infrastructure. He began his career as a bus driver.
• Sikh woman Bardish Jhagger was sworn in as Minister for Small Business and Tourism.
• Navdeep Bains was awarded with the important cabinet berth.