On January 29, Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Clément Gignac, concluded a three-day mission to Davos, Switzerland, during which they participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF).
That is the subject that will be broached by Mr Jean-Luc Dehaene, member of the European Parliament and Prime Minister of Belgium from 1992 to 1999 during a talk with lunch organised by the Conseil des Relations internationals de Montréal (CORIM) on 16 February 2010 in the Hôtel Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal.
Based in Santa Monica, California, the Milken Institute is one of the most influential think tanks in the western United States. Its President and CEO, Michael Klowden, was in Québec from January 19 to 21 to find out more about our economy and meet key players in the areas of economic development and research.
Some communities, regions and federated states, including Québec, Flanders, Wallonia, Catalonia and Scotland, are engaged in international endeavours in parallel to the diplomacy carried out by their national states. This topic was the focal point of an international colloquium entitled “Towards a ‘third wave’ in sub-state diplomacy?” held on January 19 in Brussels at the initiative of the Flemish Centre for International Policy, the European Union Committee of the Regions and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.
Premier Jean Charest reiterated the importance the Québec government places on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games – major sports and cultural events – during a ceremony celebrating the Olympic torch relay in Québec City attended by Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia.
The Government of Québec's U.S. Strategy was unveiled on January 14 by the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, with several members of the Cabinet in attendance. One of the strategy’s purposes is to position Québec favorably within the North American economic space.
From January 31 to February 6, Premier Jean Charest will lead a delegation to India comprising 130 representatives of the worlds of business, education and research interested in building or consolidating ties with Indian partners. The target sectors for the economic mission are aerospace, the environment, information and communication technology, infrastructure and biotechnology.
Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, outlined the initiatives undertaken by Québec at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, the standards of which are equivalent to those adopted in California, came into effect in mid-January. Québec thereby became the first Canadian province to apply North America’s strictest standards.
Québec’s first-ever policy against homophobia was released in December 2009 by Kathleen Weil, Minister of Justice, Attorney General and minister responsible for the fight against homophobia. In her words, “The policy released shows, once again, that Québec society is a leader in the field of sexual minority rights.”
On the heels of his recent debut success with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, Québec maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is the principal guest conductor, this February.
The first day of the new year was clouded in Montréal by the death at just age 37 of Lhasa de Sela. The Mexican-American singer made an indelible mark on the world music scene over the past decade.
The Government of Québec is offering its services at three multiservice help centres reserved for Quebecers affected by the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12. Multiservice help centres can be reached every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1 888 YO HAITI (1 888 964-2484).
Negotiations were held in Brussels this week. The second round of negotiations for a broad economic partnership agreement between Canada and the European Union took place in Brussels from January 18 to 22.