Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a cabinet reshuffle and has appointed Indian-origin Anita Anand as the new Defense Minister. Anita will replace Indian-origin Harjit Sajjan, who was the Defense Minister for a long time. Experts say their emphasis should be on major military reforms.
According to a local newspaper, Harjit Sajjan has now been made the Minister of International Affairs. Sajjan was also accused of failing to deal with the military sexual misconduct crisis.
According to a media report, Anand was seen as a strong contender for weeks among defense industry experts, who said taking him into the role would send a powerful signal to survivors and victims of military sexual misconduct that the government serious about implementing major reforms.
Anita was born in Nova Scotia in 1967 to Indian parents, who were both medical professionals. His mother Saroj from Punjab and father S.V. Anand was from Tamil Nadu. Anita has been a professor of law at the University of Toronto. She contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Oakville, near Toronto. Thereafter he was elected as the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
Also Anita assisted the Air India Commission of Inquiry with extensive research. The commission investigated the bombing of Air India Kanishka Flight 182 on 23 June 1985, in which all 329 people were killed. This matter was related to Khalistanis.