Four Punjabi MP have been inducted as cabinet ministers in the cabinet of new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in as new Canadian Prime Minister on Wednesday. NBF Special Correspondent, Himanshu Sharma from Canada reports-
Trudeau has appointed 30 members in his cabinet, half of them are women. Striking a balance, he has handed over some of the important portfolios in the hands of experienced ones and shown his trust in newcomers to run few other departments.
As the oath ceremony was over, the cabinet led by Justin Trudeau was greeted by hundreds of cheering Canadians who were watching the swearing-in on a large TV screen outside.
Trudeau issued a written statement on Wednesday when he unveiled his cabinet, stating “This strong, diverse, and experienced team will serve all Canadians, and for the first time in our country’s history, there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table,” he said.
He added “Canadians expect to see their values and priorities reflected in their government, and we have listened closely to them. Canadians told us what kind of government they want, and we built the plan to make it happen.”
The Punjabi ministers included in the cabinet included-
Harjit Sajjan, a decorated Lt.-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the newly-elected MP for Vancouver South, British Columbia is new National Defence Minister. Sajjan worked as a detective with the Vancouver Police Department’s Gang Crime Unit. He is a combat veteran, served in Bosnia and on three deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Sajjan has received numerous military honours, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 2013, for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province.
Navdeep Bains, MP from Mississauga Malton, Ontario is new minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Earlier, he had served as an MP from 2004 to 2011. He is a certified management accountant, holds an MBA degree and teaches at the Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Navdeep is a longtime resident of both Mississauga and Brampton and has strong ties to the social and cultural associations of Mississauga—Malton. Bains played an important role in Trudeau’s leadership bid in 2013 and also served on the Liberals’ National Election Readiness Committee.
Amarjeet Sohi, from Edmonton Mill Woods, Alberta has been inducted as Infrastructure and Communities Minister. First elected in 2007, Amarjeet Sohi is a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and livability, Amarjeet represents the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and is a strong advocate for Light Rail Transit. Amarjeet has been working to promote learning and cooperation among cultural communities by leading City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives.
Bardish Chagger, elected from Waterloo, Ontario has got portfolio of Small Business and Tourism. The appointment makes Chagger one of 15 female MPs taking on a minister role in a gender balanced cabinet. A long-time Liberal supporter, Bardish Chagger worked as an executive assistant to former Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal MP Andrew Telegdi, who held his seat in the riding from 1993 to 2008.
Other members of the cabinet include
Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau
Public Safety: Ralph Goodale (Regina-Wascana)
Agriculture: Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan)
Foreign Affairs: Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent)
Immigration: John McCallum (Markham-Thornhill)
Treasury Board President: Scott Brison (Kings-Hants)
Government House Leader: Dominc LeBlanc (Beauséjour)
Finance: Bill Morneau (Toronto Centre)
Justice: Jody Wilson-Raybauld (Vancouver Granville)
Indigenous and Northern Affairs: Carolyn Bennett (Toronto St.-Paul’s)
Public Services and Procurement: Judy Foote (Bonavista-Burin-Trinity)
International Trade : Chrystia Freeland (University-Rosedale)
Health: Jane Philpott (Markham-Stouffville)
Families, Children and Social Development: Jean-Yves Duclos (Québec)
Transport : Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount)
International Development : Marie-Claude Bibeau (Compton-Stanstead)
Natural Resources: James Carr (Winnipeg South Centre)
Canadian Heritage: Mélanie Joly (Ahuntsic-Cartierville)
Revenue: Diane Lebouthillier (Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
Veterans Affairs: Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre)
Environment: Catherine McKenna (Ottawa Centre)
Employment: MaryAnn Mihychuk (Kildonan-St. Paul)
Status of Women: Patricia Hajdu (Thunder Bay-Superior North)
Sports: Carla Qualtrough (Delta)
Fisheries: Hunter Tootoo (Nunavut)
Science: Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North)
Small Business: Bardish Chagger (Waterloo)
Democratic Institutions: Maryam Monsef (Peterborough-Kawartha)