The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, has appointed Jean-François Lisée as Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region. The appointment took place in the Québec National Assembly on Wednesday, September 18, 2012, at the swearing-in of the new Cabinet.
The Plan Nord, one of the largest projects in Québec’s history, was launched on May 9. The ambitious project focuses on sustainable development. It stems from studies by the Québec government, regional elected officials and Aboriginal representatives in collaboration with representatives from the economic, social and environmental sectors. The Plan Nord’s representative and participatory approach makes it a unique model that strikes a balance between social and economic development as well as environmental protection in partnership with the First Nations.
As part of the recent cabinet shuffle unveiled today in the National Assembly, Québec Premier Jean Charest appointed Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, MNA for Saint-François, as Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie. Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay will also retain her duties as Minister Responsible for the Eastern Townships region.