Quebec MP becomes first female agriculture minister

Sherbrooke MP Marie-Claude Bibeau replaces Lawerence MacAulay as Canada's first female federal agriculture minister.

She says she comes from a dairy riding, Compton—Stanstead, and is very close to dairy farmer and producers in Quebec.

MacAulay has been moved into the veterans-affairs portfolio in the shuffle to fill the void left behind by Jody Wilson-Raybould who resigned Feb. 12.

Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef will now also head international development.

Wilson-Raybould's resignation comes amid a scandal involving Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

She testified to the House of Commons Justice Committee that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior staff, and others, had pressured her to stop a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Before being the minister of veteran-affairs, she was the Minister of Justice and Canada's Attorney General.

She said that she believes she was moved out of that position because of her refusal to give into the pressure and defer the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

David Lametti took over as Minister of Justice on January 14.