Experiencing Technical Difficulties (resonant) wrote,
Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Canada's Cabinet Ministers

realinterrobang posted a quote:

"Canada also noted last year that it had more Sikhs in its cabinet than India did.
-- Nicholas Kristof, "Canada, Leading the Free World," The New York Times"

Canada has four Sikh Cabinet ministers, twice as many as India, and 17 Sikh Members of Parliament.

This reminded me of a discussion that gonzo21 and I had recently, about how surprised I was when I learned other details about Canada's Cabinet Ministers.


Our Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is an immigrant, who was a refugee from Somalia before becoming a Canadian citizen.

Our Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a farmer.

Our Minister of Health is a medical doctor.

Our Minister of Transport is an astronaut.

Our Minister of International Development actually did international development work on the ground overseas.

Our Minister of Veterans' Affairs is quadraplegic due to a gunshot wound (although he was not injured while serving in the Forces)

Our Minister of Defence is the first Sikh-Canadian to command a Canadian regiment.

Our Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities is a competitive swimmer who is visually impaired.

Our Minister of Science is an actual scientist.

Our Minister of Status of Women is *gasp* a woman.

.... it's as if they actually read people's resumes before handing out cabinet positions, instead of just handing them out to key fundraisers.
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