The Honourable Harjit Sajjan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Vancouver South in 2015.
Minister Sajjan immigrated to Canada from India with his family when he was five years old. He grew up in South Vancouver and benefitted from everything its diverse and culturally rich community has to offer.
Minister Sajjan has made serving others a cornerstone of his life. He has served as a former detective with the Vancouver Police Department, a former Lieutenant Colonel with the British Columbia Regiment, and a long-time advocate for youth education and mentorship programs.
For 11 years, Minister Sajjan was a member of the Vancouver Police Department, based primarily in South Vancouver. He completed his career as a detective with the gang crime unit. As a member of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), he participated in four operational deployments—one to Bosnia and three to Afghanistan.
Minister Sajjan has lived in Vancouver for many years with his wife and two children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of NATO’s forward-looking security strategy and also highlighted the significance of geopolitics in Alliance cooperation. For over 70 years, NATO has maintained political solidarity and proven its ability to adapt to new security challenges. Against the backdrop of this pandemic, NATO principles will be tested like never before. As adversaries attempt to undermine the Alliance, through kinetic and non-kinetic means, NATO decision-makers will have to reconsider how they assess emerging security challenges and plan for an array of contingency scenarios using all the resources at NATO’s disposal. How is NATO repurposing its defence planning and logistical capabilities to address the second wave of COVID-19? What is the best strategy to maximize the effectiveness of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre? What is the appetite within the North Atlantic Council for NATO to engage in climate security? Will the Four-30s initiative be delivered in time or an in a modified form amidst shortened manpower and dwindling budgets? What options are available to strengthen the centrality of the transatlantic bond?