Canada: 3 Sikhs part of Trudeau's Cabinet
Justin Trudeau took the oath of office as Canada's 23rd PM. Canada also scribed history with 3 Sikh community members taking office in his cabinet. Two turbaned Sikhs Harjit Singh and Navdeep Bains were sworn in as cabinet ministers for defence and the portfolio of innovation, science and economic development respectively. Also sworn in was Amarjeet Sohi as the minister for infrastructure.
Who is Justin Trudeau?
Justin Pierre James Trudeau was born on 25 December 1971 and is a Canadian politician who was chosen as a Member of Parliament in 2008 in the Papineau elections. He was later re-elected in 2011 On 14 April 2013, the Liberal Party of Canada elected Trudeau as their leader. Trudeau has lent his voice to notable causes such as abortion, legalising marijuana etc.
Pierre Trudeau's son repeats history
John Trudeau's father was Pierre Trudeau, a former Prime Minister of Canada who served three terms: 1968–79 and 1980–84.
Justin Trudeau wins by landslide victory in Canada
Canada voted for Justin Trudeau's as its next Prime Minister making his Liberal party win by a landslide majority. Trudeau defeated the incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Trudeau while addressing the masses said "We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together."
No fourth term for Stephen Harper
Trudeau's triumph denied former PM Stephen Harper a fourth term. Harper had held on to that position since 2006. He admitted defeat and would resign as leader of the party; however he will continue to remain in the parliament as a lawmaker. He further said, "The people of Canada have elected a Liberal government, which we accept without hesitation."
Big promises to deliver
Prime Minister Trudeau pledged to start a C$10 billion yearly budget for 3 years to bolster infrastructure and boost Canada's poor economic growth. Trudeau promised to repair Canada's relations with the American administration. He also promised to call back Canadians from the "combat mission against ISIS militants" and focus on "humanitarian aid and training, and tackle climate change."
Business leaders jittery over Liberals win
Blackberry CEO John Chen said that Stephen Harper's Conservative policies had been helpful to the tech companies and said he would prefer to "see the status quo." Oil and gas producer Whitecap Resources Inc's Grant Fagerheim cited the national energy program introduced in 1980 by Trudeau's father (Canada had taken 15 years to recover from it) and hoped it won't be repeated.