Toronto, March 20: Indo-Canadian Maninder Sidhu was appointed as a parliamentary secretary to International Development Minister Karina Gould by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Reacting to the development, Maninder Sidhu, a first-term Parliament member, said he was "excited and truly honoured". Sidhu replaces another Indo-Canadian lawmaker Kamal Khera. Indian-Origin Jagmeet Singh Makes History in Canada's Parliament, Debuts as First Non-White Opposition Leader.
Sidhu’s appointment was part of a reshuffle done by PM Justin Trudeau. "Parliamentary secretaries support ministers to deliver real, positive results for Canadians. I am confident that this team’s dedication, skills, and experience will help us continue to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic, keep Canadians safe and supported, and build a more resilient Canada for everyone," Trudeau said in a statement. Canada PM Justin Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet After Indian-Origin Sikh Minister Navdeep Bains Steps Down.
Who Is Maninder Sidhu?
Maninder Sidhu is among 23 Indo-Canadians who were elected to Canada's House of Commons in the 2019 general elections. He was elected to the House of Commons for the first time from Brampton East. A Sikh by faith, Sidhu hails from India's Punjab state. Prior to venturing into politics in Canada, he would run a customs brokerage business.
Sidhu is an alumnus of the University of Waterloo. He is married and has two daughters. Arif Virani is the other Indian-origin parliamentary secretary in the government. Indo-Canadians comprise 3 per cent of the population of Canada. There are three Indo-Canadians in Trudeau’s cabinet - Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger.