Harjit Sajjan immigrated to Canada from India with his family when he was five years old. He grew up in South Vancouver and has benefitted from everything our diverse and culturally rich community has to offer. He has lived in Vancouver for many years with his wife and two children.
Service to the community is second nature to Harjit. 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, Harjit has made serving others a cornerstone of his life.
For 11 years, Harjit 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.
On October 19, 2015, Harjit was elected as Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and was appointed as Canada’s Minister of National Defence. For four years, Harjit has served Vancouver South as a strong voice – and advocate – for the community in the House of Commons, and brought valuable and informed perspectives to the table.