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Minister of International Trade Christian Paradis gestures during an interview at his office on Parliament Hill Dec. 2, 2013 in Ottawa.
Minister of International Trade Christian Paradis gestures during an interview at his office on Parliament Hill Dec. 2, 2013 in Ottawa.
(Dave Chan For The Globe and Mail)

Foreign aid minister aims to correct ‘myth’ Ottawa is propping up mining companies

Canada’s foreign aid minister says he wants to correct a “myth” that the federal government is propping up mining companies by financing development projects in communities where they work.

In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, International Development Minister Christian Paradis pushed back against suggestions that a series of pilot projects with Canadian mining companies and non-governmental organizations provide a disproportionate benefit to the companies involved. He spoke with the Globe last week, shortly before departing for South Africa to attend an international mining conference.