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François-Philippe Champagne

François-Philippe Champagne
Champagne in 2017
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Registrar General of Canada
Assumed office
January 12, 2021
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byNavdeep Bains
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
November 20, 2019 – January 12, 2021
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byChrystia Freeland
Succeeded byMarc Garneau[1]
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
In office
July 18, 2018 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byAmarjeet Sohi
Succeeded byCatherine McKenna
Minister of International Trade
In office
January 10, 2017 – July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byChrystia Freeland
Succeeded byJim Carr
Member of Parliament
for Saint-Maurice—Champlain
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byLise St-Denis
Personal details
Born (1970-06-25) June 25, 1970 (age 53)
Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
ResidenceShawinigan[2]
Alma materUniversité de Montréal
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
ProfessionLawyer
Businessman

François-Philippe Champagne PC MP (born June 25, 1970) is a Canadian politician who has been Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry since 2021. He was formerly the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2019 to 2021. He was elected to represent the riding of Saint-Maurice—Champlain in the House of Commons in the 2015 election for the Liberal Party.[3][4] He became Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry on January 12, 2021, after a cabinet reshuffle.[1]

Early life

Champagne was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada on June 25, 1970, and raised in Shawinigan, Quebec.[5][6] He studied law at the Université de Montréal and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After several years working as a senior attorney for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, he joined ABB Group in 1999, eventually rising to group vice president and senior counsel. In 2008, he joined Amec PLC as a strategic development director, and was designated a "young global leader" by the World Economic Forum. Following his return to Canada, he became involved in a variety of business and non-profit ventures.

Political career

Champagne in 2022

In an interview with The Globe and Mail in London, 2009, Champagne expressed his desire to eventually return to Canada and enter politics, citing fellow Shawinigan resident Jean Chrétien as an inspiration.[7] Ahead of the 2015 Canadian federal election, he was nominated as the Liberal candidate in Saint-Maurice—Champlain, a riding represented at the time by New Democratic-turned-Liberal MP Lise St-Denis, and was elected to Parliament on October 19, 2015.[8]

After his election in 2015, Champagne was appointed as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance until 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade.[9]

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (2018-2019)

In 2018, Champagne was named Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and oversaw the federal government’s ambitious $187 billion infrastructure investment plan.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (2019-2021)

In November 2019, Champagne became Minister of Foreign Affairs, taking the helm of Trudeau's foreign policy.

In June 2020, it was reported that Champagne had two more mortgages with the state-owned Bank of China, raising questions of potential vulnerability to foreign influence.[10]

Champagne welcomed Trump's peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as a positive and historic step toward a peaceful and secure Middle East, adding Canada was gladdened by suspension of Israel's plans to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank.[11]

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (2021-present)

In the 2021 Canadian cabinet reshuffle, Champagne was moved out of the Foreign Affairs portfolio, and became Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.[12]

Language

Champagne is trilingual, speaking English, French and Italian.[7]

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Saint-Maurice—Champlain
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal François-Philippe Champagne 23,104 39.55 -1.97 $101,231.55
Bloc Québécois Nicole Morin 19,950 34.15 +14.99 $4,638.18
Conservative Bruno-Pier Courchesne 9,542 16.33 +0.06 none listed
New Democratic Barthélémy Boisguérin 3,071 5.26 -15.51 none listed
Green Stéphanie Dufresne 1,809 3.10 +1.16 none listed
People's Julie Déziel 938 1.61 none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 58,414 100.0
Total rejected ballots 1,307 2.19
Turnout 59,721 65.20
Eligible voters 91,594
Liberal hold Swing -8.48
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]
2015 Canadian federal election: Saint-Maurice—Champlain
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal François-Philippe Champagne 24,475 41.52 +30.59 $107,029.87
New Democratic Jean-Yves Tremblay 12,245 20.77 −20.51 $29,855.51
Bloc Québécois Sacki Carignan Deschamps 11,295 19.16 −9.31 $32,567.29
Conservative Jacques Grenier 9,592 16.27 −0.86 $49,358.13
Green Martial Toupin 1,144 1.94 −0.09 $3,832.69
Marxist–Leninist Jean-Paul Bédard 196 0.33
Total valid votes/Expense limit 58,947 100.0   $269,923.91
Total rejected ballots 1,175
Turnout 60,122
Eligible voters 92,086
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]

References

  1. ^ a b "PM to shuffle cabinet with Navdeep Bains retiring from politics". CTVNews. January 11, 2021.
  2. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "Le libéral François-Philippe Champagne remporte son pari dans Saint-Maurice-Champlain". Radio Canada. October 19, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "François-Philippe Champagne to be Canada's next foreign affairs minister". CBC News. November 19, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P." Library of Parliament. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  6. ^ Lum, Zi-Ann (July 3, 2023). "Canada's closer: How Trudeau's pitchman is outplaying America". POLITICO. Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Pitts, Gordon (June 8, 2009). "Another 'little guy from Shawinigan'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  8. ^ François-Philippe Champagne Biography, Liberal.ca.
  9. ^ "The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne". Prime Minister of Canada. October 26, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  10. ^ Fife, Robert; Chase, Steven (June 10, 2020). "Foreign Affairs Minister has two mortgages with state-run Bank of China". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  11. ^ Sevunts, Levon (August 14, 2020). "Canada welcomes normalization of relations between Israel and U.A.E." Radio Canada International.
  12. ^ "Trudeau shuffles cabinet as poll shows Liberals flirting with majority territory". Global News. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  13. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Canada, Elections. "Voter Information Service - Find your electoral district". www.elections.ca.
  16. ^ Canada, Elections. "Error page". www.elections.ca.
29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau Cabinet posts (4) Predecessor Office Successor Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and IndustryJanuary 12, 2021 – present Incumbent Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign AffairsNovember 20, 2019 – January 12, 2021 Marc Garneau Amarjeet Sohi Minister of Infrastructure and CommunitiesJuly 18, 2018 – November 20, 2019 Catherine McKenna Chrystia Freeland Minister of International TradeJanuary 10, 2017 – July 18, 2018 Jim Carr
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