There is an inverse relationship between the number of kilometres François-Philippe Champagne travels and the amount of attention he receives.
Canada’s trade minister was in Morocco over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend for a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting, and in Mexico less than a week later for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first official visit to the country.
Not every week is like that, but many are. Champagne believes the life of a trade minister should be spent on the road. “Opening trade agreements, for me, is key, but it’s an enabler,” he told Maclean’s in July. “The next thing is getting there to make sure you sell something.”
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