Member of Parliament
Mégantic – L’Érable
Christian was born in Thetford Mines in the beautiful riding of Mégantic L’Érable. He is married to Julie Roberge and has three children: Charles, Gilbert and Sophie. He has a baccalaureate in law from the Université de Sherbrooke and a master’s degree in corporate law from the Université Laval. Christian was first elected to the House of Commons on January 23, 2006 as Member for the Mégantic-L’Érable riding. Soon after his election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper entrusted him with a number of portfolios.
To begin with, Christian was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. He then became a member of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and the Legislative Committee on bill C-30, Canada’s Clean Air Act. Christian then entered cabinet after he was appointed Secretary of State (Agriculture and Agri-food) in January 2007. On June 25, 2008, he was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services and also remained Secretary of State for Agriculture. Since 2008, he has also served as Minister responsible for the Montreal Region and the Prime Minister’s Lieutenant for Quebec. On January 19, 2010, Christian was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources.
Christian sat on several cabinet committees including the Environment and Sustainable Development as well as Government Operations and Estimate committees. He was also a temporary substitute member for the Treasury Board Committee. Some of the priority issues he defended in Ottawa have included oleochemical development, supply management in agriculture, the safe use of chrysotile and development of the maple and wood industries.
Before his election, Christian practised corporate law in Thetford Mines with the Paradis Dionne law firm as a lawyer. He has always been active in his community as a member of the Management
Club (Amiante Chapter), the Rotary Club of Thetford Mines and the Asbestos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Christian is devoted to the advancement, development and prosperity of his region.