Christian Paradis
Christian Paradis - Plan d’action économique.jpg
Christian Paradis introduce the action plan for economy
Member of Parliament
for Mégantic—L'Érable
In office
January 23, 2006 – August 4, 2015
Preceded byMarc Boulianne
Succeeded byLuc Berthold
Minister for International Development
Minister for La Francophonie
In office
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byJulian Fantino (Int. Development)
Steven Blaney (La Francophonie)
Succeeded byMarie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of Industry
In office
May 18, 2011 – July 15, 2013
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byTony Clement
Succeeded byJames Moore
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
January 19, 2010 – May 19, 2011
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byLisa Raitt
Succeeded byJoe Oliver
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
In office
June 25, 2008 – January 19, 2010
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byMichael Fortier
Succeeded byRona Ambrose
Personal details
Born (1974-01-01) January 1, 1974 (age 48)
Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
SpouseJulie Roberge
Residence(s)Thetford Mines, Quebec
Alma materUniversité de Sherbrooke Université Laval
ProfessionLawyer
PortfolioMinister of Industry
Quebec Lieutenant

Christian Paradis PC (born January 1, 1974) is a Canadian politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mégantic—L'Érable from 2006 to 2015. A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, he was first elected in the 2006 federal election and served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources until January 4, 2007, when he was appointed Secretary of State for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Rural Secretariat. On June 25, 2008, Paradis was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services, retaining his position as Secretary of State for Agriculture until October that same year. On October 30, 2008, in a cabinet shuffle following the election, he retained the Public Works portfolio. In addition, he succeeded Lawrence Cannon as Quebec Lieutenant.[1] On January 19, 2010, in a cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Harper appointed him Minister of Natural Resources. On May 18, 2011, in a cabinet shuffle he was appointed to be the Minister of Industry. On July 15, 2013, in a cabinet shuffle, he was appointed as Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie.

Paradis did not run in the 2015 federal election, and in December 2015, it was announced that he would be the Senior Vice President, Strategic Development of Protective Services at GardaWorld, starting January 2016.[2]

Early life and career

Originally from Thetford Mines, he graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in corporate law from Laval University. He entered the Quebec Bar in 1997. He is the son of Pierre Paradis, also a lawyer.

He chaired the Asbestos Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and 2005.

Christian Paradis has been married to Julie Roberge since June 2000 and is the father of three children.

He was first elected in the 2006 federal election and served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources until January 4, 2007, when he was appointed Secretary of State for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Rural Secretariat. On June 25, 2008, Paradis was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services, retaining his position as Secretary of State for Agriculture until October that same year. On October 30, 2008, in a cabinet shuffle following the election, he retained the Public Works portfolio. In addition, he succeeded Lawrence Cannon as Quebec Lieutenant.[1] On January 19, 2010, in a cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Harper appointed him Minister of Natural Resources. On May 18, 2011, in a cabinet shuffle he was appointed to be the Minister of Industry. On July 15, 2013, in a cabinet shuffle, he was appointed as Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie.

On April 3, 2015, Paradis announced that he would not seek re-election.[3][4]

Federal politics

Paradis served as representative of the riding of Megantic-L'Érable from 2006 to 2015. He received nearly 50% of the vote in each federal election.[5]

Secretary of State for Agriculture

Christian Paradis was appointed Secretary of State in charge of Agriculture on January 4, 2007. He notably inherited the dossier of the pork industry, plagued by difficulties due to numerous diseases affecting pig herds in Canada: his ministry takes support measures for producers by announcing financial assistance to producers over a period of 4 years.[6]

Under his leadership, the Harper government launched a $1.5 billion program aimed at supporting the production of bio-fuels by farmers.[7]

He also played a crucial role in preserving the Supply management (Canada) system during the development of Canadian cheese regulations in 2007.[8]

Minister of Public Services and Procurement

He became Minister of Public Works and Government Services replacing Michael Fortier on June 25, 2008.

On November 27, he announced the return of Formula 1 to Canada, with the resumption of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The Ministry of Public Works contributes $5 million annually.[9]

Quebec Lieutenant and Minister responsible for the Montreal region

He became Quebec lieutenant and Minister responsible for the Montreal region in November 2008, replacing Lawrence Cannon.

One of its main files is the regulation on the harmonization of the Canada-Quebec sales tax with the retrocession to the Government of Quebec of 2.2 billion dollars annually from the federal government coming from the Tax on products and services.[10]

He led the electoral campaign in Quebec during the 2011 Canadian federal election; the Conservatives won 16.52% of the vote and overtook the Liberal Party of Canada in Quebec, but won only 5 seats out of 78, against a strong push from the NDP who won 59 seats.

Minister of Natural Resources

In March 2011, as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Paradis in the company of Minister Normandeau announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec reached a historic agreement in principle for the co-management of the Old Harry hydrocarbon reservoir, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.[11][12]

Minister of Industry

As Minister of Industry and therefore responsible for telecommunications, Minister Paradis stood up to the telecommunications industry, stressing the need for four national carriers to maintain competition in all regions of the country. He announced in March 2012, the lifting of restrictions on foreign ownership for smaller players in the wireless industry and in March 2013, he announced a new broadband wireless spectrum auction to enable access to new entrants and incumbents.[13][14][15][16]

Minister for International Development and La Francophonie

He was appointed Minister of International Development and La Francophonie on July 15, 2013.

He supports the candidacy of the former Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean and supports her successful campaign for the position of Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.[17]

After politics

Since January 2016, the former minister of the Harper government has held the position of senior vice-president, strategic development of protective services in Canada at GardaWorld.[2]

He sits on several boards of directors: Forum of Federations, Canada World Youth, Macdonald–Laurier Institute and Leomed Technologies.

Electoral record

2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Christian Paradis 21,931 49.14 +2.44
New Democratic Cheryl Voisine 11,716 26.25 +16.79
Bloc Québécois Pierre Turcotte 7,481 16.76 -10.96
Liberal René Roy 2,601 5.83 -8.13
Green Wyatt Tessari 655 1.47 -0.69
Canadian Action Alain Bergeron 250 0.56
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,634 100.00
Total rejected ballots 733 1.62
Turnout 45,367 64.61
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Christian Paradis 20,697 46.70 -3.15 $60,593
Bloc Québécois Pierre Turcotte 12,283 27.72 -4.90 $49,764
Liberal Nicole Champagne 6,185 13.96 +3.56 $7,283
New Democratic Bruno Vézina 4,191 9.46 +5.57 $1,755
Green Jean-R. Guernon 959 2.16 -1.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,315 100.00 $81,095
Total rejected ballots 688 1.53
Turnout 45,003 64.42
2006 Canadian federal election: Mégantic—L'Érable
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Christian Paradis 23,550 49.85 +38.43 $51,309
Bloc Québécois Marc Boulianne (incumbent) 15,410 32.62 -12.12 $48,632
Liberal Yvan Corriveau 4,912 10.40 -26.25 $19,371
New Democratic Isabelle Tremblay 1,836 3.89 +0.16 $0.00
Green Jean François Hamel 1,534 3.25 -0.21 none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 47,242 100.00   $75,377
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 543 1.14    
Turnout 47,785 68.64 +5.63  
Electors on the lists 69,617      
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b Leblanc, Daniel (October 30, 2008). "This page is available to GlobePlus subscribers". Toronto: Theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  2. ^ a b "L'ex-ministre Christian Paradis chez GardaWorld". La Presse (in French). 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  3. ^ "Ministers Glover and Paradis will not seek re-election". 3 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Christian Paradis, Shelly Glover, federal ministers, won't seek re-election | CBC News".
  5. ^ Marquis, Melanie (September 20, 2015). "Will Quebec's Mégantic-L'Érable riding stay blue without Christian Paradis?". The Globe and Mail.
  6. ^ iClic (www.iclic.com). "Une aide de 76 millions pour les producteurs porcins canadiens". EnBeauce.com (in French). Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  7. ^ Canada, Natural Resources (2010-09-14). "Government of Canada Helps Boost Biofuel Industry". www.canada.ca. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  8. ^ "Paradis soutient la gestion de l'offre". Journal Le Placoteux (in French). 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  9. ^ "Formula One race headed back to Montreal". CTVNews. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  10. ^ "Industry Minister Christian Paradis says feds, Quebec, close to deal on HST | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  11. ^ « Old Harry: le PC va utiliser l'entente pour aider sa popularité lors d'élections » [archive] (consulté le 1 avril 2015)
  12. ^ « Gisement Old Harry : « Une entente historique » | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca » [archive] (consulté le 1 avril 2015)
  13. ^ "Canadian Minister Paradis Announces New Broadband Wireless Spectrum Auction". telecomreviewna.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  14. ^ Geist, Michael. "Paradis Announces New Spectrum Auction Measures." N.p., 7 Mar. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. [1]
  15. ^ « Ottawa vise plus de concurrence dans la téléphonie sans fil | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca » [archive] (consulté le 2015-04-01) [2]
  16. ^ "Un Spectre De Fréquence Pour La Téléphonie Aux Enchères." Radio-canada.ca, Mar. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. [3]
  17. ^ Canada, Service (2014-11-30). "Minister Paradis congratulates Michaëlle Jean on winning the leadership of La Francophonie". www.canada.ca. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper Cabinet posts (4) Predecessor Office Successor Julian Fantino Minister of International Development and La Francophonie2013–2015 Marie-Claude Bibeau Tony Clement Minister of Industry2011–2013 James Moore Lisa Raitt Minister of Natural Resources2010–2011 Joe Oliver Michael Fortier Minister of Public Works and Government Services2008–2010 Rona Ambrose Sub-Cabinet Post Predecessor Title Successor New Portfolio Secretary of State (Agriculture)(2007–2008) Jean-Pierre Blackburnas Minister of State (Agriculture)