Former Conservative minister Christian Paradis, who notably was Stephen Harper’s deputy in Quebec, has recently acted as a lobbyist for Galaxy Lithium Canada, a mining company looking to establish itself in North-du-Quebec.
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Galaxy Lithium Canada is owned by consortium Galaxy Lithium Holdings based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The latter is itself a subsidiary of Galaxy Resources, an Australian company considered one of the most important in the industry.
Galaxy is developing an open pit lithium mine approximately 10 kilometers south of the Eastmain River and 100 kilometers from James Bay. For regular guests, the location is near Truck Stop 381 on Billy-Diamond Road, formerly James Bay Road.
According to documents filed in the lobbyists’ register, the former federal assemblyman for riding Mégantic-L’Érable is tasked with making representations to the Quebec government to obtain various permits, licenses and permits necessary to build a mine , ore mining and lithium processing in this region.
Christian Paradis confirmed this in an interview protocol Received this six-month mandate – until November 10th – for this mining giant, which is also linked to Australia’s Allkem.
“We help people get permits. And just so we can see what’s going on, because it’s a project that’s still very much alive; These are good investments, he said. So I’m taking her in that direction […] It’s general support. It is strategic advice. Communication can occur […]»
Formerly at Natural Resources
Mr Paradis was first elected in 2006 and left politics in October 2015. He has held several positions in government including Minister for Natural Resources, Minister for Industry and Minister for International Development.
In response to questions from protocolMr. Paradis claims he did not have any “interactions, meetings or relationships,” directly or indirectly, with either Galaxy Lithium or its shareholders while he was MP and Minister in the Harper administration.
Mr. Paradis also claims that he is not involved in the ongoing environmental assessment process for the project.
Nor in defending the right of foreign interests to exploit the Canadian underground, a growing concern for Ottawa.
Earlier this year, the House of Commons Standing Industry Committee took a specific look at the issue, notably on the sale of Canada’s Neo Lithium to Zijin Mining Group, a Chinese state-owned company.
– With the collaboration of Francis Halin and Nicolas Brasseur
The project envisaged by Galaxy Lithium Canada in a few figures
- Planned production: 5480 tons of ore per day
- Hub capacity: 2 million tons of spodumene per year
- end product : a 6% lithium oxide concentrate
- Operating time: 15 to 20 years old