Who is Anita Anand, the Punjab-origin leader seeking re-election in Canada 2021 polls?
Anita Anand, the first Canadian of Hindu background to become a federal minister in Canada is seeking re-election from Oakville in Ontario.Author : Shagun
There will be several Punjab-origin candidates whose fates will be decided when Canada votes on September 20 to establish a new federal government and Anita Anand running for team Trudeau
is one of them.
Liberal Party’s Anita Anand, one of the prominent NRI faces contesting in 2021 Canada election is currently serving as the minister of public services and procurement and the receiver-general for Canada. The Indo-Canadian politician is seeking re-election from Oakville in Ontario.
Interestingly, Ms Anand is the first Canadian of Hindu background to become a federal minister in Canada.
If re-elected, Ms Anand promises to improve the healthcare sector, strengthen the economy and address the global climate crisis. Urging people for support, the Liberal said, will “continue to serve the citizens of Oakville as we work to support the healthcare sector, strengthen our economy and further address the global climate crisis.”
“On Sept. 20, I am asking for your renewed support so that we can finish the work that we started and move our community and country forward together. My campaign staff and I are all fully vaccinated,” she added.
Anita Anand’s role during the Covid crisis
Anand has been Trudeau’s point person on pandemic management, as, throughout the crisis, she worked diligently to ensure the PPE (personal protective equipment) supply, fast tests,
and COVID-19 vaccines necessary to fight the infection.
Now as Canada’s federal elections nears, she said, “Together, I know that we will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to continue to serve the citizens of Oakville and Canada as we work to reopen our local and national economy, and urgently address environmental degradation and the climate crisis."
Anita Anand was elected as the Oakville Liberal Member of Parliament for the first time in 2019. She has been Canada's Minister of Public Services and Procurement since then.
Personal life and education
Having maternal roots in Punjab, Anita Anand was born in 1967 in Kentville, Nova Scotia to Saroj D. Ram and her husband S.V. Anand. In 1985, the family moved to Oakville, where Anand and her husband John raised their four children.
Anand has four degrees: a bachelor's degree in political studies from Queen's University, a bachelor's degree in Jurisprudence from Wadham College, Oxford University, a bachelor's degree in law from Dalhousie University, and a master's degree in law from the University of Toronto.