Canadian Indian Anita Anand is new Defence Minister in Trudeau Cabinet
Indian-origin Canadian politician Anita Anand was appointed as the new Defence Minister of Canada in the latest cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just a month after his Liberal party returned to power in September 2021.
A 39-member Cabinet was sworn in at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Anand replaced Harjit Sajjan as the defence minister. She also led the procurement effort of the vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic and was the procurement minister of the country.
Anand told reporters that her top priority is to make everyone feel safe in the armed forces.
"My top priority is to make sure that everyone in the Armed Forces feels safe and protected and that they have the support that they need when they need them, and the structures in place to ensure that justice is served," she said.
"We have a team of familiar faces and new faces that are ready to put all their strengths, all their hard work towards delivering for Canadians in the coming years," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been quoted saying.