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Video: After laughter from MPs, Sohi defends past job as a bus driver

Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he is nothing but proud of his background after a reference to his previous job as an ETS bus driver drew laughter in the House of Commons.

"My background is what I’m proud of," said Minister of Infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi, speaking about his job as an Edmonton Transit driver.

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"My background is what I’m proud of," said Minister of Infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi, speaking about his job as an Edmonton Transit driver.

Minister of Infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi says he is nothing but proud of his background, a day after a reference to his past as an ETS bus driver drew laughter in the House of Commons.

"I’m very proud that – that I was a bus driver serving my community and transporting moms to, you know, when they take their children to daycare or taking students to school," Sohi told reporters in Ottawa Thursday.  

"We all come from different backgrounds, and my background is what I’m proud of."

Sohi was offering his condolences to the family and community of Winnipeg bus driver Irvine Fraser, who was killed on Monday evening near the University of Manitoba.

The federal cabinet minister was relating his own experiences as a Edmonton Transit operator to the House, and the role that drivers "from all walks of life" play in the community.

“I want to convey our thoughts and prayers for the Winnipeg Transit bus operator who was stabbed last night while serving his community and on duty,” Sohi said.

In a video taken in the House, laughter could be heard coming from the opposition.

Social media users were quick to throw their support behind Sohi, and express their dismay over the laughter.

"Obviously, I did notice the laughter, but I was there to convey a very, very important message, and that message was to show our support and thoughts and prayers with the person who was stabbed while serving his community," Sohi said afterwards.

The minister responded on Twitter, thanking supporters for their well-wishes.

With files from Ryan Tumilty.

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