What do we know about Canada’s new International Trade Minister?
By anna smith
May 19, 2020
Recently, François-Philippe Champagne became the International Trade Minister. What do we know about him? Here are a few facts:
- Champagne grew up in Shawinigan, Que.
- He is 46 years’ old
- He studied law at the Université de Montréal and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
- Champagne was previously parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau
- He helped Morneau to develop policy ideas like the finance minister’s infrastructure bank and investment hub
- Before entering politics, Champagne had jobs in international business. He was senior counsel and vice-president at ABB Group, a Swiss engineering giant, and then had a series of titles, including strategic development director at AMEC, a big London-based project-management company
- Champagne believes that Canada’s profile abroad is too often a fragmented one and that there is plenty of room for improvement
- He has also stated that it’s crucial for governments to make sure most people can see the benefits of liberal economic policy flowing their way
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