Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, recently carried out a two-day mission to Washington, DC. This was his first official trip to the U.S. capital.
Jean-François Lisée met in Washington with Ed Markey, Representative for the State of Massachusetts. He is shown here with Representative Markey in front of a solar panel at the congressman’s office.
The mission was an opportunity for Minister Lisée to present the Québec government’s priorities to a number of players and remind people of the importance that Québec places on bolstering its ties with the United States.
He spoke with a number of influential people active in areas of interest to Québec, including Ed Markey, Representative for Massachusetts and renewable energy champion.
Minister Lisée sat down with Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, to discuss issues such as border security. He also met with New York State Representative Bill Owens and Gary Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to Washington.
The Minister gave a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a prestigious U.S. think tank, during which he stressed the importance of consolidating economic relations between Québec and the United States.
Following his mission to Washington, Jean-François Lisée stopped in New York City, where he accompanied Premier Pauline Marois during her first economic mission south of the border.