Anita Anand’s big shot: How she went from political novice to Trudeau’s point person on vaccine supplies

Anita Anand’s big shot: How she went from political novice to Trudeau’s point person on vaccine supplies
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Anita Anand is the federal Public Services and Procurement Minister, whose office is in charge of acquiring the millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines Canada has prepurchased from drug makers.

Kate Dockeray/Globe and Mail

Anita Anand came into politics out of nowhere in 2019. She had been an elected MP for about two weeks when the phone rang in early November summoning her to an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s transition team. She wasn’t told what Anne McLellan, a former deputy prime minister, was vetting her for. A position as a parliamentary secretary?

For Ms. Anand, not knowing was vexing. It didn’t give her enough clues about how to get ready.

“I am the queen of preparation,” she said in an interview. “I want you to know that I do not go anywhere…



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