Canada’s Justin Trudeau’s cabinet: Diverse with more Sikh ministers than PM Modi

The Sikh community in Canada is really strong and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has his share of men and women from the community that he really depends on. He recently boasted that he had more Sikhs in his cabinet than even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi does (the latter has two). Trudeau’s cabinet is certainly more diverse than it has ever been — it has an equal number of men and women (15 each, excluding the PM), and there are four Sikh and two aboriginal ministers.

These Sikh ministers in Trudeau’s cabinet have fascinating back stories. Here’s a look at the Punjab brigade in Canada’s cabinet.

Navdeep Bains: Navdeep Singh Bains, minister of innovation, science, and economic development, with his mother Ajit Bains and his niece Rumeet Bains in Ajit’s home in Brampton.


Amarjeet Sohi: Federal infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi’s success is an immigrant’s dream.


Harjit Sajjan: Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan invented a gas mask he could wear with his turban.
Among Sajjan’s many achievements is his patent on a gas mask that can be used while wearing a turban.


Bardish Chagger: Minister of tourism and small industries Bardish Chagger’s first entry to politics was when she was 13 years old.