NRI Harjit Sajjan named Canada’s Defence Minister

INTEREShSajjanHarjit Sajjan a decorated Lt. Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces was named Canada’s new Defence Minister, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 30 member cabinet was sworn in at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister almost 50 years after his father took on the assignment. Sajjan who is part of Trudeau’s 30-member Cabinet has received numerous military honours, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 2013, for reducing the Taliban’s influence in the Kandahar Province. He is a combat veteran and has served in Bosnia and had three deployments to Kandahar Afghanistan.

Sajjan is in his mid-forties. He was born in India and moved to Canada with his family when he was 5-years-old.

As the new Defence Minister he will work with PM Trudeau on reshaping Canada’s combat mission fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Canada’s incoming government has said it will withdraw fighter jets from the US-led coalition and stick to training Iraqi troops.