ONTARIO, Canada—Four Canadian MPs from Sikh backgrounds have been included in the recently announced ministry of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Along with the Sikh faces, Punjabi has become the third official language of the Parliament.
Out of the four MPs, two are turbaned, amritdhari (baptised) Sikhs, namely Navdeep Singh Bains elected MP from Mississauga-Malton, Ontario and Lt. Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan, elected MP from Vancouver, BC. Bains has been nominated as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development while Sajjan is the Minister of National Defense. Lt. Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan was a guard for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Canada. This is the first time in history that a Sikh will lead command of an army outside of Punjab and India.
Followed by the two Sardars, Bardish Chagger, elected MP from Waterloo, Ontario has been named the Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Amarjeet Sohi, elected MP from Edmonton, Alberta is the Minister of Infrastructure, and Communities.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has carved out his cabinet with an excellent balance of regional representation, ethnicity, religion, language, and gender.