François-Philippe Champagne considers Jean Chrétien an inspiration.
And he may need some of Chrétien's notorious scrappiness as he assumes a key role in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government: international trade minister in the age of rising protectionism.
The appointment is part of a sweeping cabinet shakeup announced Tuesday that saw veteran Quebec MP Stéphane Dion replaced as foreign affairs minister by Chrystia Freeland, who previously held the international trade portfolio.
Like Chrétien, Champagne grew up in Shawinigan, Que., a forestry town of 50,000 on the shores of the Saint-Maurice River. And like Chrétien, he too studied law before entering politics. Click here to read more.