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Fred Sanders

(23,946 posts)
Wed Nov 4, 2015, 12:02 PM Nov 2015

Meet Canada's New Minister of Defence, sworn into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government:


The Right Honourable Lt.-Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

The first Canadian of Sikh and Indian heritage to command a Canadian Army regiment

"Decorated Canadian war veteran Lt. Col Harjit Singh Sajjan received the Order of Military Merit last Friday, one of the military’s highest recognition, the Order of Military Merit.

He is the first Sikh to receive this award and continues to be a role model for youth across the country as he prepares to serve his country in new ways.

Sajjan, who is rumoured to be running for the Vancouver South federal Liberal nomination and close to federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, is the son of the former member of the World Sikh Organization (WSO) Kundan Singh Sajjan.

Sajjan is an Afghanistan war hero who is the first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment and who was portrayed as a role model in Ottawa’s latest Welcome to Canada booklet for immigrants. Sajjan is also a former Vancouver police officer, decorated after serving once in Bosnia and three times in Afghanistan."


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