Marie-Claude Bibeau is having a moment.
In a period of less than a few weeks, Canada’s international development minister initiated a funding drive to fight famine in Africa; met Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in Ottawa; overhauled Canada’s international aid program around feminist principles; joined Bill Gates and professional wrestling star John Cena to announce a $100-million contribution to the effort to eradicate polio; enjoyed a feature role at the International Economic Forum of the Americas’ annual conference in Montreal; and then, this past weekend, visited South Sudan to witness the country’s food crisis for herself.
That’s a good run in the spotlight for a minister who typically is overshadowed by colleagues and events deemed more newsworthy by the Ottawa press corps. Even within her own super ministry, Global Affairs Canada, Bibeau is eclipsed by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who might be the most prominent federal politician after the prime minister, and François-Philippe Champagne, the hyperactive trade minister.
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