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MP and Constituency Report:
Hon. Christian Paradis

Political Science 224
Dr. John Soroski
October 5, 2012

The Honourable Christian Paradis came on to the federal politics representing the constituency of   Megantic–L’Érable, in 2006 when he was elected to the house of commons than again in both 2008 and 2011. During his federal tenure he has been appointed Security of State (agriculture), minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minster of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions   of Quebec. Since the last election Mr. Paradis was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in addition to his other responsibilities (“The Honourable”,1). He has integral role to play while sitting in the house commons representing the people of Canada and the constituency of   Megantic–L’Érable.
Is tenure in politics has not been without controversy as he and his departments have been rocked with many scandals. One in particular occurred while Paradis was Minister of Public Works he faced the board of ethics in relation to giving special access to former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer's business interests. As Laura Payton wrote in her article, Mr. Paradis broke the rules set out in the Conflict of Interest Act when he told officials at Public Works and Government Services, the department he headed at the time, to talk with Jaffer about his company, Green Power Generation. Thus he was accused of giving preferential treatment to Mr. Jaffer in that he was treated more favourably than he might have treated others in similar circumstances. (Payton, 3). Despite this setback he did not resign from his position a move that was ultimately supported by Prime Minister Harper
Before entering a career in federal politics, Mr. Paradis studied law and practised corporate law for a number of years within his hometown of Thetford Mines (Paradis, 2).When not representing his constituents on the federal stage Paradis plays an...


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