| Canada | 21 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who once famously quipped that ‘I more Sikhs in my cabinet than Modi does’ — makes the Sikh presence in Canadian politics even deeper with the appointment of one of his ministers as the government House leader.
Bardish Chagger, 36, will be the first woman to serve as government House leader, responsible for shepherding the government’s legislative agenda through the Commons.
Chagger was one of the five Sikh women and five turbaned Sikhs among the 19 Indo-Canadians who won in the Canada general election 2015.
The Indo-Canadians representatives more than doubled their representation in the 338-member parliament.
The electorate gave Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party an absolute majority, a stunning blow to incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper who has been in office since 2006.
“I believe in hard work, and I’m up for the challenge,” she was qouted by the Canadian Ppess.
Chagger’s rise seems nothing short of meteoric, having won her first election just last October and being named small business minister — duties she will keep — in Justin Trudeau’s debut cabinet, it added.
In his Facebook posting on 20 Aug 2016, Trudeau writes: “Today, Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger becomes the first woman to serve as Government House Leader. Congratulations, Bardish!”
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