Four Punjabi cabinet members are being sworn in:
Harjit Sajjan – National Defence.
Navdeep Bains – Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Amarjeet Sohi – Infrastructure and Communities.
Bardish Chagger – Small Business and Tourism.
Ottawa (November 4, 2015): The World Sikh Organization of Canada extends its heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his taking of office and to all of today’s appointees to the federal cabinet.
Today was a historic day for Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet for the first time includes an equal number of men and women, and is the most diverse and inclusive group in recent history.
“The appointment of Ministers Judy-Wilson Raybould and Hunter Tootoo has sent a strong message that this government is serious about ensuring that cabinet reflects the strengths, talents, and diversity of Canadians,” said Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill, WSO President.
The new Cabinet also includes the appointment of four Sikh Canadians: Harjit Singh Sajjan as Minister of Defence; Amarjeet Sohi as Minister of Infrastructure; Bardish Chagger as Minister of Small Business and Tourism; and Navdeep Singh Bains as Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Navdeep Singh Bains is also the Registrar General of Canada.
WSO President Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill said, “Today is a proud day for Sikh Canadians as we see a record number of Sikh MPs serving their country in Canada’s Parliament. Punjabi is now the third most common language at Parliament Hill. With four Sikh Canadians serving in Cabinet, including the first Sikh woman, the Prime Minister has made history. Prime Minister Trudeau has committed to building an inclusive and progressive Canada and we look forward to working with him and his government as we enter a new era in Canadian politics.”
The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of the Sikh Diaspora, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.