December 9, 2021

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Anita Anand: Trudeau hands over woman to clean Canadian Defense Ministry image scattered over allegations of abuse | International

New Defense Minister Anita Anand during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.Blair Cable (Reuters)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented his new cabinet on Tuesday. At a ceremony in Ottawa, all 38 ministers were sworn in in the presence of the Governor-General of Canada, Mary Simon. Like his first two seasons, Trudeau will work with an equal team. Anita Anand’s visit to the Defense Ministry is one of the most commented movements, from which more results are expected. Your task will not be easy: make profound changes in a ministry that is overwhelmed by many Cases of sexual harassment and assault. “We know there is a crisis in the culture of our Canadian Armed Forces where women and men who work there deserve better support and they deserve a change in the government they hold,” Trudeau said.

Anand Remblasa a Harjit SajjanHe has been Minister since Justin Trudeau took office in November 2015. For months, opposition figures demanded that Sajjan be replaced. Two reports describe the climate conducive to crimes of a sexual nature, where opacity stands alone and proposes a series of recommendations to be used.

This problem is not unique to the military. Top members are also isolated. General Jonathan Vance and Admiral Art McDonald, former chiefs of the Armed Forces’ General Service, were examined, as were nine other high-ranking military personnel. At the time, Sajjan said he had “taken the misconduct allegations seriously” and would continue to take decisive action “regardless of quality or position”. However, the reputation of the ministry continued to be tarnished. Experts recommend Trudeau Vision is the appointment of a woman to implement a strategy that focuses on cultural change, greater focus on victims, and an effort to rebuild trust in the organization.

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Before jumping into politics, Anita Anand (Kentville, Nova Scotia, age 54) worked as a lawyer and university professor. The Liberal deputy for the Oakville (Ontario) constituency assumes his new duties after serving as Minister of Public Services, where he was responsible for purchasing vaccines against Govt-19. She is the second woman to head the Ministry of Defense in Canada. The first was Kim Campbell, who worked for five months in 1993. “One of the things people will learn about Anita Anand in the coming months is that she is a world-class expert in management with decades of professional experience.” Trudeau underlined that Anand would show leadership and make a significant contribution to the operations of the Armed Forces.

Among other appointments in the new cabinet, Harjeet Sajjan has occupied the portfolio of International Development; Melanie Jolie becomes Secretary of State and Steven Gilbiot comes to the Ministry of Environment. For his part, Christiana Freeland continues as finance minister and deputy prime minister. Justin Trudeau won a third term in office on September 20, although he failed to form a majority government. Parliamentary proceedings will begin on November 22.

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