François-Philippe Champagne

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François-Philippe Champagne

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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 the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Maurice—Champlain
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byLise St-Denis
Personal details
Born (1970-06-25) June 25, 1970 (age 50)
Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversité de Montréal
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
ProfessionAttorney
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. Champagne was formerly the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2019-2021. He was elected to represent the riding of Saint-Maurice—Champlain in the House of Commons in the 2015 election for the Liberal Party.[2][3] He became Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry on January 12, 2021 after a cabinet reshuffle.[1]

Career[edit]

Champagne was raised in Shawinigan, Quebec, and 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. In an interview with The Globe and Mail in 2009, Champagne expressed his desire to eventually return to Canada and enter politics, citing fellow Shawinigan resident Jean Chrétien as an inspiration.[4]

Subsequently, returning to Canada, he became involved in a variety of business and non-profit ventures. He became the Liberal candidate for Saint-Maurice—Champlain, and was elected to Parliament on October 19, 2015.[5]

In November 2019, Champagne became Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2019, 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.[6]

Champagne has stated he is trilingual, speaking English, French and Italian.[4]

Champagne welcomed Trump's peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as a positive and historic step towards 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.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Saint-Maurice—Champlain
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal François-Philippe Champagne 23,104 39.55 -1.97
Bloc Québécois Nicole Morin 19,950 34.15 +14.99
Conservative Bruno-Pier Courchesne 9,542 16.33 +0.06
New Democratic Barthélémy Boisguérin 3,071 5.26 -15.51
Green Stéphanie Dufresne 1,809 3.10 +1.16
People's Julie Déziel 938 1.61
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
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]
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[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PM to shuffle cabinet with Navdeep Bains retiring from politics". CTVNews. January 11, 2021.
  2. ^ "Le libéral François-Philippe Champagne remporte son pari dans Saint-Maurice-Champlain". Radio Canada. October 19, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "François-Philippe Champagne to be Canada's next foreign affairs minister". CBC News. November 19, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Pitts, Gordon (June 8, 2009). "Another 'little guy from Shawinigan'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  5. ^ François-Philippe Champagne Biography, Liberal.ca.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Sevunts, Levon (August 14, 2020). "Canada welcomes normalization of relations between Israel and U.A.E." Radio Canada International.
  8. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Canada, Elections. "Voter Information Service - Find your electoral district". www.elections.ca.
  11. ^ Canada, Elections. "Error page". www.elections.ca.

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
January 12, 2021
Incumbent
Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs
November 20, 2019 – January 12, 2021
Marc Garneau
Amarjeet Sohi Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
July 18, 2018 – November 20, 2019
Catherine McKenna
Chrystia Freeland Minister of International Trade
January 10, 2017 – July 18, 2018
Jim Carr