Your region in power

by Aaron Wherry

The Canadian Press obtains the paper trail behind meetings Christian Paradis’ office organized for two businesses in his riding.

E-mail traffic shows that when bureaucrats first got the edict from Mr. Paradis’s office to hold a meeting with Pultrall, they suggested the company simply attend a seminar offered close to the riding on how to do business with the government. Pultrall manufactures composite materials for construction. But Mr. Paradis’s office rejected that idea, and asked for the meetings to be held in the Ottawa area, specifically naming ten bureaucrats it wanted to attend the meeting with Pultrall in April 2009.

At one point, an employee in the deputy minister’s office raised a red flag. “There is no need to have 15 representatives at this meeting,” wrote the bureaucrat. “The DM would not see this as the best use of their time.” But in the end, about a dozen bureaucrats attended the meeting from across Public Works and even a pair from Foreign Affairs.




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Your region in power

  1. Hard to explain this story in 15 seconds which will make it difficult to stick. That being said, Paradis being involved may help in that regard. The one, albeit minor, potential fall out to the Cabinet “shuffle” such as it was, is that if people such as Paradis, MacKay and Toews can’t keep their noses clean in the immediate aftermath, some may wonder why these Ministers were left untouched.

    • To be fair, I believe this happened back in 2007 or some such. And, amazingly, I also think he was moved out of that file afterewards. Maybe not immediately afterwards, of course, but I think this story can only be a story about how long it takes for Freedom of Information Requests to be fulfilled, and how can we, or Parliament, hold our Ministers to account this way?

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