Becoming leader of the Conservative Party of Canada earlier this month not only raised Pierre Poilievre’s profile among the Canadian public, but also brought his wife’s attention.
On September 10, having won the party leadership contest, Anaida Poilievre gave a personal speech to a crowd of Conservative supporters, sharing details of the couple’s respective childhoods . Two weeks later, Poilievre was accused of being the head of a far-right political group that was threatened with rape. That threat is currently being investigated by the RCMP.
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According to her speech on September 10, Poilievre was born Anaida Galindo in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1995, at the age of 8, she immigrated to Canada with her family and settled in a working-class neighborhood east of Montreal.
Poilievre said her father went from “dressing up a business and running a bank,” “jumping in the back of a pickup truck to collect fruit and vegetables,” to being a small business owner.
According to Poilievre’s unverified LinkedIn profile, she studied communications at the University of Ottawa and worked several retail and customer service jobs before taking on the job of Parliamentary Affairs Advisor to the Canadian Senate. in 2008. She still works in the House of Representatives, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Poilievre is also the co-founder of Pretty and Smart Co., a lifestyle website for women, where she publishes blog posts providing advice on blogging, productivity, elopement, finance personal and shopping.
Poilievre’s profile on the website describes her as “a first-time mother struggling between her new motherhood, her husband’s busy political career” and her own.
“She describes herself as a nerd who enjoys reading about technology, business, and entrepreneurship,” the profile reads. “You can run into her somewhere in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, or any weird place in the world. She loves to travel and is always looking for the best cappuccino. You can simply call her Ana.”
According to a post on her blog, she and Pierre Poilievre eloped in Sintra, Portugal in 2017. The couple now live in Ottawa with their two children.
“It was the best decision we could have made for this special day,” she wrote in 2019. “We wanted to make sure that our special day was really about us and our commitment. us together.”
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, before repost Her husband’s criticisms of federal regulations on vaccines and travel restrictions took to Twitter, and Poilievre encouraged readers of her blog to stay home, follow pandemic restrictions, and listen to experts.
“Failing to take this seriously could have serious consequences and further spread COVID-19. It’s important that governments don’t mess with this anymore,” she wrote in a post on the website.
“Failure to follow this rule may result in fines and/or severe criminal offenses for those required to be quarantined by a healthcare provider. So just be proactive, listen to the experts and respect the call for self-quarantine for all.”