Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South, named minister of defence

Harjit Sajjan was sworn in today as Canada's new defence minister. The newly-elected MP for Vancouver South is a Lt.-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and was a VPD Gang Crime Unit detective.

Sajjan served with the Canadian military in Bosnia and Afghanistan and was a VPD detective

Canada's new defence minister is Harjit Sajjan, who has numerous military honours, including the Order of Military Merit, given to him by Governor General David Johnston in June 2014. (Governor General of Canada)

Canada's new defence minister is Harjit Sajjan, a decorated Lt.-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the newly-elected MP for Vancouver South.

Sajjan grew up in his riding, and later walked the South Vancouver streets as a detective with the Vancouver Police Department's Gang Crime Unit.

He is a combat veteran, serving in Bosnia and on three deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Sajjan has received numerous military honours, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 2013, for reducing the Taliban's influence in Kandahar Province.

"His approach, based on his knowledge of local culture and tribal dynamics, helped senior management to engage with influential Afghan tribal leaders, and led to the identification of insurgent command and control connection points," according to the citation on the Governor General's website.

Sajjan was born in India and moved to Canada with his family when he was five years old.

Harjit Sajjan, seen here in a picture with his wife Dr. Kuljit Kaur Sajjan and two children, will be Canada's new defence minister. (Liberal Party of Canada)

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