The Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade (MRIFCE), Jean-François Lisée, participated in the 6th Annual Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) Conference, held on July 14 and 15 in Halifax. He was accompanied by a Québec business delegation.
Don Callis, CEO, Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation; Minister Jean-François Lisée; and Monte Kwinter, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment of Ontario (photo : Arnie Conrod).
In the wake of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, the six Southeastern U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces agreed to focus on railway safety at their next meeting.
The announcement was made on Monday in Halifax by the Conference host, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Economic Development, Graham Steele, in response to concerns raised by Minister Jean-François Lisée. Mr. Steele read a statement that had received the unanimous support of the representatives and that underscores the importance of ensuring rail transportation safety. Several Alliance representatives in Halifax for this 6th Annual Conference expressed their solidarity with Lac-Mégantic residents.
Business opportunities with our neighbours to the south
“The Southeastern United States is a priority area for Québec’s initiatives. Given the region’s strong demographic and economic growth, it is essential for Québec to position itself strategically in order to take advantage of the business opportunities it has to offer,” said Minister Lisée.
In all, some three hundred government leaders and entrepreneurs from Québec, Canada and the U.S. attended this 6th Annual SEUS-CP Alliance Conference. This year’s theme was “Innovation.”
While at the conference, Minister Lisée spoke with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Topics discussed centered in large part on strengthening our trade in the areas of: