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Toddler Meeting Cabinet Minister Harjit Sajjan is the Cutest Ever

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Toddler Meeting Cabinet Minister Harjit Sajjan is the Cutest Ever |

Most two year-old girls worship at the altar of Dora or Queen Elsa. Not Sophia Popalyar, who has a crush on Canadian politicians, and a knack for rhyming off the names of several federal Liberal cabinet ministers.

When she grows up, instead of the pat princess response, Sophia will readily say she wants to be "Justin Trudeau." 

But that's what you get when both your parents are civil servants, and the names of politicians are dropped around the dinner table like that of celebrities.

“We talk a lot about how lucky we are to be in Canada and just in general about the policies the government is engaged in," said her father Fawad Popalyar, who works for the ministry of immigration. "I don’t think Sophia understands the whole gamut of issues but she has taken an interest in some of the aspects of it."

This past Canada Day Sophia had her sights set on meeting Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. (See, JT, it's not all about you!)

When the tot realized Sajjan was not there - he was at home in B.C. - her tears started to flow. But the powers of Twitter soon got the Minister's attention. What ensued was a poignant courtship, with Sajjan returning a video of his own, in which he promised to arrange for Sophia to visit Parliament Hill.

“I’m looking forward to meeting you because one of my goals is to meet with future leaders of Canada,” said Sajjan, who recently took Sophia on a dream tour of Parliament.

She even played with the controls on the Speaker’s electric chair in the House of Commons. For Sophia, the visit was a thrill, though she was overwhelmed by the cameras.

“I don’t think she realizes she is one lucky girl to get this kind of attention but I think when she gets older she will look back and hopefully this will help her sort of be more involved,” said Popalyar.

Would that all our kids were so interested and excited by the leaders of our awesome country.

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