Vancouver MP Harjit Singh Sajjan is the Minister of National Defence for the country of Canada. A proud moment for all Canadians and Sikhs worldwide.
Lt.Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan, was the first Sikh in Canada to take command of a British Columbia regiment. In a historic ceremony, a change of command in the British Columbia Regiment took place on September 11th in Vancouver.
Harjit Singh Sajjan (born 1970 or 1971) was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the riding of Vancouver South during the October 2015 federal election, defeating the Conservative incumbent MP Wai Young.
Sajjan was born in India, and his family emigrated to Canada when he was five years old. He grew up in Vancouver. Sajjan initially worked as an officer for the Vancouver Police Department. In 1989, he enlisted in the Canadian Army’s Primary Reserve, and eventually joined the Army on a full-time basis. He deployed overseas four times in the course of his career: once to Bosnia, and three times to Afghanistan. In 2011 he became the first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment when he was named commander of the The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own).
On November 4, 2015, Sajjan was sworn in as Canada’s Minister of National Defence.