Highlights / Marie-Claude Bibeau

Economy, Politics, Society

Ottawa announces details of $50M surplus food program

The federal government announced Thursday details of a program designed to redirect to food banks and community organizations millions of kilograms of perfectly good food that would otherwise be thrown out. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the $50-million program aims »

Economy, Health, Society

Warning delivered about more COVID consequences

A Public Safety Canada briefing note obtained by CBC News spells out what could happen if a labour shortage takes hold as the number of COVID-19 cases multiplies. Consequences could include shortages in the food supply chain, problems obtaining needed »

Economy, Health, Immigration & Refugees

Ottawa will help employers defray COVID-19 costs for seasonal workers

Last month, when the federal government flirted briefly with barring temporary foreign workers from coming to Canada as part of the fight against  COVID-19, it sent shockwaves through the country’s agriculture and fishing industries.  Under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, »

International, Politics

Canada is unlikely to help UN food agency in Palestine, says Bibeau

Ottawa would be hard-pressed to step in and help fill part of a funding shortage that has forced the United Nations to scale back its support programs to vulnerable families in Palestine, says Canada’s international development minister. The World Food »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Canada provides $62.5M to support Palestinian refugees

Canada will contribute up to $50 million over two years to the beleaguered UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees after the United States cut its aid, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Friday. Ottawa will also provide up to $12.5 »

International, Politics

Canada names former ‘dragon’ to champion women entrepreneurs

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau named Tuesday a well-known Quebec entrepreneur and media personality Daniele Henkel as Canada’s representative to a World Bank group that works to promote women entrepreneurship in developing countries. The Morocco-born self-made millionaire and the former »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada pledges $300M to Rohingya crisis, but remains vague on resettlement

Canada is pledging $300 million in foreign aid over the next three years to help the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority fleeing a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in their native Myanmar, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister »

International, Politics

Canada provides humanitarian assistance for Venezuelan refugees

Canada will provide $5.3 million in humanitarian assistance to Latin American and Caribbean countries that have sheltered hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan’s fleeing the political and humanitarian crisis being fuelled by the Maduro regime, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced »

International, Politics

Understanding Canada’s feminist international development policy

The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will mark its second anniversary of coming to power on Nov. 4. Trudeau made the promise of Canada’s re-engagement with the world one of the hallmarks of his new foreign policy. International »

International, Politics

Canada’s development aid in Africa driven by compassion and self-interest: minister

Canada’s re-engagement with Africa is driven as much by compassion and the great need for humanitarian assistance in the region as by self-interest, says International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. On her most recent trip to the region last week, Bibeau »