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Who Is Anita Anand, The New Indian-Origin Defence Minister Of Canada?

By: Jasmine Singh | October 27, 2021

The Canadian elections have been of importance to Indians especially Punjabis since the majority of people in Punjab migrate to Canada. With the Liberal Party in power, quite a large number of cabinet ministers who have roots in Punjab have been elected.

Now, Anita Anand an Indo-Canadian who is half Punjabi and half Tamilian has been appointed as the country’s new Defence Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Also Read: Chappar Chiri War Memorial, A Heritage Site To Become A Tourist Spot Soon!

Anand will replace the long-time defence minister, Indian-origin Harjit Sajjan. Sajjan has been demoted and appointed as Minister of International Development Agency. Anand, along with Sajjan and Bardish Chagger were the three Indo-Canadian ministers in the dissolved Cabinet who emerged victorious in the parliamentary polls last month.

So who is Anita Anand?

Born to a Tamilian father and Punjabi mother, who were both medical professionals, Anand has two sisters. The family relocated to Ontario in 1985 and Anand and her husband John raised their family in Oakville. Also Read: Vicky Kaushal Starrer ‘Sardar Udham’ Could Not Make It To Oscars 2022. Here’s Why!

Over her 17 years in Oakville, Anand has served her local community in a number of ways. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse for Grieving Children, the Oakville Hospital Foundation and Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. She was also the inaugural chair of the Ontario Securities Commission Investor Advisory Panel.

The 54-year-old has four degrees to her name— Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies from Queen's University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994. Also Read: Punjabi Lyricist Sarba Maan Blessed With A Baby Girl!

In her role as former Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Anand played a very public role in the Liberal response to the Covid-19 health crisis, she was the procurement minister and led Canada's efforts to purchase vaccines.

In 2019, the Royal Society of Canada even awarded her the Yvan Allaire Medal for outstanding contributions in governance relating to private and public organisations. Also Read: Ammy Virk Productions Announce Yet Another Flick, ‘Janjj’ For 2022 

Interestingly, she is just the second woman to serve as Canada’s defence minister after Kim Campbell, who served in the 1990s. Anand was declared the winner in Oakville with a nearly 46% vote share.

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