Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)
Christian Paradis was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Paradis was appointed Secretary of State (Agriculture) in January 2007. He was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services in June 2008 and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec in October 2008. In January 2010, he was named Minister of Natural Resources in addition to his responsibilities for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Paradis had a legal practice specializing in corporate law.
He has been actively involved in several support groups and charitable organizations, including the Rotary Club of Thetford Mines.
Mr. Paradis graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in corporate law from Université Laval.
Mr. Paradis and his wife, Julie, have three children.
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