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Coronavirus, newest challenge facing Bibeau, adds impetus to risk management reform

By Aidan Chamandy      

The virus-induced economic slowdown comes at a tough time for the agri-food industry, which was already struggling with international trade restrictions, the affects of poor harvests, and fallout from recent rail disruptions.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, pictured in this file photo. Despite the multitude of challenges, she's gone from an 'unknown' in the industry to a well-respected minister at the helm of an important department. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Canada’s federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has been at the head of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for just over a year. She hardly had a chance to breathe since she was ushered into the post on March 1, 2019, in the midst of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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