Sikh Woman Makes History in Canadian Parliament
By A Correspondent
Indo-Canadian Sikh MP Bardish Chagger has been named as the new Leader of the government in Canada's House of Commons, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the country's history to hold job of guiding government legislation through Parliament and replaces Dominic LeBlanc.
The new role will be a promotion for Chagger.
Chagger, the 36-year-old Waterloo MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, was first elected last fall, beating incumbent Conservative MP Peter Braid, who had held the former Kitchener-Waterloo seat since 2008. Chagger was named minister of small business and tourism in November.
“Chagger struggled in her first press conference as government House leader, not answering specific questions about her role in Parliament, including whether she'd use procedural measures to limit debate and whether she would be in charge of shepherding democratic reform files through the Senate,” reports CTV News.
"This is a tremendous opportunity. I have been involved in the political process for basically my whole life," Chagger told reporters on Parliament Hill after her swearing-in..
"I know what democracy should look like. Democracy should be engaging Canadians. That is the leadership of our prime minister and that's why the whole of government approach will work for Canada," she was quoted as saying by CBC News.
The latest development makes her the first woman in Canadian history to hold the job of guiding government legislation through Parliament and replaces Dominic LeBlanc.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his "confidence in minister Chagger as a worthy successor", the report said, citing a government statement.
On the first day on the job, Chagger said she "really does believe that we can all work together...let's work with the team and let's get there," she said.
Chagger, who was born and raised in the Waterloo region, attended the University of Waterloo where she was the president of the Young Liberals.
She is one of the four Sikh Canadians inducted into Trudeau's Cabinet besides Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan - a combat veteran who did three tours in Afghanistan as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Innovation Minister Navdeep Singh Bains.