Sri Lankan born Tamil MP Gary Anandasangaree has been appointed as a cabinet minister in the Canadian government.
He is the minister of crown-indigenous relations.
Gary is the son of V. Anandasangaree, who is the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front.
He migrated to Canada with his mother in 1983.
He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough—Rouge Park in 2015.
He is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who has advocated tirelessly for education and justice.
He has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
Some time ago, the Sri Lankan government refused to grant a visa to Anandasangaree.
Anandasangaree tweeted saying he has been refused a visa because of the work he does.
The MP has spoken widely on Sri Lanka, particularly on human rights issues and issues related to the war.