Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, was in Albany on March 14-15 to promote Québec hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable and safe energy source. Her visit was part of the Government of Québec’s US strategy, which aims in part to ensure Québec’s leadership role in the energy field.
Within the framework of the Québec-Vermont multisectoral agreement, Premier Jean Charest received James H. Douglas, Governor of Vermont and Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), on March 10 and 11.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is pleased by the appointment of Jean Fortin as francophone and multilateral affairs delegate at the Québec government office in Paris (DGQP), effective May 3. In his new capacity, Jean Fortin will be responsible for relations with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
The Mastersbeurs (graduate studies fair) was held in Utrecht on February 26 and 27. The fair is intended for students from the Netherlands who wish to carry on graduate-level studies (master’s or doctoral) abroad. The Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels and Université de Montréal took part in the fair at the invitation of the Embassy of Canada in Netherlands in The Hague. The University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary were also represented.
Good news for the Canadian aerospace industry. Ottawa will provide the Canadian Space Agency with an additional $397 M over five years for the development of the next generation of radar remote sensing satellites.
The book fair is a yearly showcase for the world’s Francophone literature, and Québec makes it a point of honour to participate. Whether their works are published by Québec Édition, Écrivains de l’Outaouais or Éditions de la Bagnole, Québec authors come to Brussels to make their works known and to meet their readers at autograph sessions.
Manif d’art, the Québec City Biennial, took advantage of the Armory Show in New York City, one of the world’s leading art fairs, to unveil the program for its fifth edition, slated to get under way in May.
Québec wants to boost its cooperation with New England in the area of higher education. With this in mind, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports Michelle Courchesne is on a mission to Boston from March 4 to 6, accompanied by representatives of Québec colleges and universities.
Within the framework of the Canadian delegation, Québec took part in the eighth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), held under the aegis of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Brasilia, Brazil, from February 24 to 26.
Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, arrived in Paris on March 2 for two days of work sessions with French authorities in the areas of the environment and sustainable development.
In August, some 1,000 representatives of civil society organizations from around the globe will be gathering in Montréal for the CIVICUS World Assembly 2010: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. The Government of Québec will be taking part in this event, which is being organized in association with the Institut du nouveau monde (INM).