Another laurel added to the prospering Sikh community in Canada, an Indo-Canadian Sikh MP Ms. Bardish Chagger, 36, has been named as the new Leader of the government in Canada’s House of Commons. Importantly, she becomes the first woman to preside the chair in Canada.
She was born to immigrant parents who shifted to Canada during1970’s. She has been active in politics since a very young age thanks to his father who was supporter of Liberal Party politics and an admirer of Pierre Trudeau.
Chagger had volunteered for Justin Trudeau's 2013 party leadership bid, and later became the Liberal Party's candidate in the newly reconstituted Waterloo riding where she won by 50% margin.
On taking up the chair she said, “I know what democracy should look like. Democracy should be engaging Canadians. That is the leadership of our prime minister and that’s why the whole of government approach will work for Canada,” she was quoted as saying by CBC”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also congratulated the minister and said, “I have confidence in minister Chagger as a worthy successor".
Ms. Chagger assumed the responsibilities of Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, in addition to the responsibilities she already held as the Canadian Minister of Small Business and Tourism.
Trudeau’s Cabinet has four Sikh ministers including the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan — a combat veteran who did three tours in Afghanistan as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Innovation Minister Navdeep Singh Bains and Minister Bardish Chagger.