Three B.C. Members of Parliament have made it onto Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, and history was made in the process.
Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson Raybould has been sworn in as Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General.
It is a first for an Aboriginal Canadian.
The former Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for B.C. was also a crown prosecutor.
A member of the We Wai Kai First Nation off the coast of Vancouver Island, she uses holds the Kwak’wala name Puglaas, which means “woman born to noble people.”
The symbolism of an Aboriginal woman being named Justice Minister is also being heralded on social media, with many praising Trudeau for the appointment, not only for Wilson Raybould’s heritage, but also her experience.
Former Army commander new Defence Minister
Vancouver-South MP Harjit Sajjan was the first Sikh-Canadian to command an Army regiment. He’s now Canada’s first Sikh Defence Minister.
The combat veteran is a Lieutenant-Colonel who was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and was deployed three times to Afghanistan.
Sajjan is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Order of Military Merit.
Prior to joining the armed forces, Sajjan was a member of the Vancouver Police Department.
His family immigrated to Canada when he was five years old.
Delta MP appointed Sports Minister
Former Paralympic medallist, MP for Delta Carla Qualtrough has also made it onto Trudeau’s cabinet, as the Minister for Sport.
Born visually-impaired, Qualtrough competed in two Paralympic Games and has also enjoyed a successful legal career.
With a focus on human rights law, Qualtrough has been counsel for the BC Human Rights Tribunal and Canadian Human Rights Commission.
She was also vice-chair of the BC Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.