Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed MP Maninder Sidhu to be the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development.
MP Sidhu is the MP from Brampton East and is one of the 23 Indo-Canadian Members of the House of Commons. Before his political career, he ran a customs brokerage business. He is from India’s Punjab state and is Sikh by faith.
MP Sidhu is also the founder of the Kindness Movement Charity which assists underprivileged school children and the less fortunate in India and in Canada.
“I am excited and truly honoured to be appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development,” said MP Sidhu in a Twitter statement, “As Canadians, we strive to make a positive difference in the world and change lives for the better. I look forward to working with Minister Gould to continue the great work Canada is doing to make our world a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable place for everyone.”
On March 19th, the Prime Minister announced changes to the team of Parliamentary Secretaries in the Canadian government. “Parliamentary secretaries support ministers to deliver real, positive results for Canadians. I am confident that this team’s dedication, skills, and experience will help us continue to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic, keep Canadians safe and supported, and build a more resilient Canada for everyone,” Trudeau said in a statement.
MP Sidhu is filling the role after the previous Parliamentary Secretary, MP Kamal Khera, stepped down on January 3rd. Her departure from the position was in response to pandemic-related controversy after she travelled to Seattle on December 23rd to attend a private memorial for both her father and uncle.
“Although the purpose of my travel is deemed essential given the circumstances, I have decided to step aside from my duties as Parliamentary Secretary of to the Minister of International Development in an effort to ensure my choices do not distract from the important work of our government to continue battling this pandemic. I have and will always continue to follow all public health guidelines,” said MP Khera in a statement.