Finally, at the highest level in Canada diversity is being taken seriously instead of lip service. Newly elected Liberal Prime Minster Justin Trudeau appointed 50 percent of his cabinet as women.
To make even a bigger impact to reflect Canada’s diverse population, he appointed several individuals from visible minorities in high postings which was unthinkable during the previous Conservative government under Steven Harper. Or even a decade ago under any elected federal party.
Harjiet Sajjan gets the posting of Defence Minister known as “badass”. He is a decorated lieutenant-colonel with the Canadian Armed Forces, Sajjan is a combat veteran. He served one tour in Bosnia and was deployed three times to Afghanistan. He was the first Sikh to command a Canadian army regiment — the reserve The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own). Prior to this he served with the Vancouver Police Department in the crime unit section.
And Navdeep Singh Bains, representing Mississauga-Malton, Ontario, was appointed as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Both Bains and Sjjan are from Sikh faith who wear turbans.
And the Justice Minister portfolio went to Jody Wilson-Raybould. She is from first nations whose has a remarkable CV. Representing Nunavut, Hunter Tootoo now holds the position of Minister of Oceans, Fisheries, and the Canadian Coastguard.
When asked by reporters why 50 per cent of the cabinet were women, “It is 2015” replied Prime Minster Trudeau. Canada’s population is made up of diverse cultures, therefore, the inner cabinet where critical decisions are made should reflect that.
Businesses that have not fully implemented diversity at the top need should be paying to Ottawa that time is now, no longer lip service will be efficient. The bottom line is getting results!