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Four NRI cabinet ministers in Canada

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In a red-letter day for the Indian-Canadians, a record four NRI cabinet ministers were inducted in the new Canada cabinet.

Justin Trudeau, 42, took the oath as Canada’s Prime Minister and swore in his Cabinet, including 4 NRIs, at a grand public ceremony held in Ottawa, Canada.

Three Indian-origin men and one woman are part of the new cabinet that has 15 women and 15 men ministers. Trudeau’s diverse cabinet that for the first time in the country's history is equally balanced between women and men. The new team marks both a generational change and reflects Canada's diversity. 

Harjit Sajjan, 42, was appointed as the defence minister; he has served in the warzones in Afghanistan and Bosnia, and has been a special adviser on Afghanistan. He has also worked with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years.

Navdeep Bains, 38, was given the portfolio of innovation, science and economic development. He has been a visiting professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Amarjeet Sohi, 51, got infrastructure department. Interestingly Sohi, a former bus driver in India, was jailed for two years during late 1980s.

Bardish Chagger, is the new Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

Trudeau, himself is the second youngest prime minister of Canada.

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