Christian Paradis


Federal Budget Finally Turns Development Talk Into Action

In the 2015 federal budget, the Canadian government announced its intention to create a $300-million initiative to encourage private investment, job creation and growth that will fight extreme poverty in developing countries. Canada is the last G7 country to create a public arm to support private investment in development. Some of our counterparts have been in this business for over 50 years, doing good and making money at the same time.This initiative looks even tardier when one considers that successive Canadian governments since the early Trudeau era have bandied about the idea of creating a public entity to catalyze more private capital for development.

Canada Spending $8M To Help Kids In Iraq

OTTAWA - Canada is donating $8 million to a UNICEF effort to meet education and protection needs of Iraqi children.International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the No Lost Generation init...

Canada Sending Relief Supplies To Iraq

OTTAWA - Canada is sending relief supplies to Iraq from a newly established warehouse in Dubai.International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the Dubai stockpile includes including tents, b...

Canada Giving UNICEF $5M

SURREY, B.C. - The Harper government is setting aside $5 million for UNICEF to address humanitarian needs in Somalia.International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the funding will help imp...

The Conservatives Need To Stop Attacking Canada's NGOs

The words "enabling environment for civil society" must mean something different to Minister Paradis than they do to the rest of us. His message does not reconcile with the Harper government's methodical actions to silence progressive civil society organizations with a disturbing combination of funding cuts, reputation assassination and appropriation of government agencies for their intimidation scheme.

17 Canadians Still Missing

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs officials are still trying to track down 17 Canadians who remain unaccounted for in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines.But they say they still have no reports of any Canadians ki...

It's Duffy Day (Every Day)

OTTAWA - Senators are to continue looking at a motion today that would see Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau suspended from the red chamber.But procedural manoeuvres in the upper chamber c...

International Development Should Not Happen Behind Closed Doors

When Parliament reconvenes on October 16, all eyes will be on Stephen Harper's "new" agenda as articulated in the Speech from the Throne. What role will international development play in this speech -- and will it matter? I believe that the most important decisions on the international development agenda continue to be made quietly and behind closed doors, with no public scrutiny.

Cleared Of Wrongdoing

OTTAWA - The federal ethics watchdog has cleared cabinet minister Christian Paradis for spending two nights at the hunting lodge of a Quebec businessman who was pushing for a new hockey arena in the p...

New Industry Minister: High Expectations to Lower Wireless Prices

James Moore is widely seen as a heavyweight within Cabinet and the Conservative Party, and I believe it's a positive sign for Canada's digital future that the Prime Minister has named him as our Industry Minister. His appointment will raise expectations that the government will finally take the bold action required to open our communications networks to new more affordable services for Canadians.

Wireless Spectrum Auction Set

OTTAWA - Ottawa is putting highly sought-after spectrum for wireless devices on the auction block later this year in the hopes of fetching at least $900 million — but likely much more.The Conservative...

'Growing Trend' For Canada's Oil Sands

The federal government has reached "a level of discomfort" with foreign investment by state-owned enterprises in Canada's energy sector. That's the message Canada's Industry Minister is emphasizing...