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Development as an integral part of Canadian foreign and trade policy

Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:30 A.M. to 9 A.M.


The Honourable Christian Paradis

The Honourable Christian Paradis

Minister of International Development and
Minister for La Francophonie

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Minister of International Development and
Minister for La Francophonie

Mégantic‒L'Érable (Quebec)

Christian Paradis was first elected to the House of Commons on January 23, 2006, as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Mégantic‒L’Érable. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources on February 7, 2006, and was subsequently appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State (Agriculture) on January 4, 2007.

On June 25, 2008, he was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services, while remaining Secretary of State (Agriculture). In October 2008, he was re-elected MP for Mégantic‒L’Érable for a second term. On October 30, 2008, he was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister responsible for the Montréal region, and the Prime Minister’s Quebec political lieutenant.

On January 19, 2010, he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources, all the while keeping his responsibilities of Quebec lieutenant to the Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Montréal. On May 2, 2011, voters in Mégantic‒L’Érable sent Mr. Paradis to the House of Commons for a third term. On May 18, 2011, he became Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture).

On July 15, 2013, he was appointed Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie.

Christian Paradis studied law and practiced corporate law for a number of years in his hometown of Thetford Mines. Very active in his community at the grassroots level, he has been involved in various organizations, including the Amiante chapter of the Management Club of Canada, the Rotary Club, and the Amiante Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There is no doubt that Christian Paradis is deeply committed to achieving a higher profile for his region and ensuring its advancement and development. Christian Paradis is married to Julie Roberge and has three children: Charles, Gilbert, and Sophie.


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  • Find out more about the government’s new approach, which reinforces the harmonization of international aid with the country’s broader values and goals
  • Understand why development has become a priority issue for Canada, on the same level as trade and diplomacy
  • Learn how the government supports the private sector in its partner countries, positioning it as a key element in the fight against poverty


  • Ottawa’s wish for better recognition of its international efforts, while respecting its obligation of responsibility towards Canadian taxpayers
  • The government’s commitment to building a strong economic base by supporting the private sector in its partner countries to help them break the cycle of poverty
  • Wealth-building innovation that can be used as a tool to overcome obstacles to development
  • The Government of Canada’s desire to build synergy with the private sector in its development efforts

Development: a priority in Canada’s foreign and trade policy!

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  • Hydro Québec
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