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.
Ms. Chagger, the 36-year-old Waterloo MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, was among 19 Indian-origin candidates who won in last year’s general election.
The latest development makes her the first woman in Canadian history to hold the job of guiding government legislation through Parliament.
She will retain her title as the Minister along with the new role.
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.