Indian-origin appointed as minister in Canadian cabinet

Indo-Canadian MP was appointed as Sports Minister in Canadian cabinet.

Updated: May 18, 2011, 23:52 PM IST

Toronto: Newly elected Indo-Canadian MP
Bal Gosal was appointed as Minister of State for Sport in
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s first majority
cabinet that was unveiled on Wednesday.

Gosal, elected from Bramalea-Gore-Malton, replaces
Gary Lunn, who was defeated in the May 2 general elections.

Prime Minister Harper appointed one of his most
trusted lieutenants, John Baird, as the new foreign affairs
minister. Baird replaces Lawrence Cannon, who was also
defeated in the elections.

Baird previously served in Harper`s cabinet as house
leader, environment minister and treasury board minister.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Defense Minister
Peter MacKay are among the veterans who retained their posts.

Harper has said he won`t surprise Canadians with a
hidden right-wing agenda after his Conservatives won a coveted
majority. He won 166 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons,
allowing him to pass legislation without the support of the

Former Industry Minister Tony Clement will become the
president of the Treasury Board, as former Natural Resources
Minister Christian Paradis moves in to fill his old position.

Rookie MP Joe Oliver, who defeated long-time Liberal
MP Joe Volpe in the central Toronto riding of Eglinton-
Lawrence, is Canada`s new natural resources minister.

There are 39 ministers. It`s now bigger than the
38-minister cabinet of former Liberal prime minister Paul