At the end of January, Québec Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of International Relations Pierre Arcand, met with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, who was in Montréal for a ministerial meeting leading up to a major conference on planning the reconstruction of the Caribbean country. The meeting participants included the Canadian, French, American and Brazilian foreign ministers.
In the Indian capital, Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit alongside Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other world leaders.
The governments of Québec and Canada recently confirmed their support for five green infrastructure projects with a total price tag of over $600 million. The projects involve the construction of organic waste treatment centres equipped with biomethanation and composting systems in the Greater Montréal area and Québec City.
On February 21, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will set out on his first mission to the United States since the January 2010 release of the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy.
The Government of Québec has taken part for over 20 years in the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland. At the end of January, Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, was an active participant in the 40th edition of the WEF’s Davos meeting, held under the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild.”
As part of a Council of the Federation mission, Premier Jean Charest will be in Washington on February 19 and 20 to meet with the U.S. governors in attendance at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in the U.S. capital.
The 13th International Winter Road Congress, attended by delegates from over 50 countries, was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in sustainable winter road service. Held in Québec City, the congress wrapped up on February 11.
In the Indian capital, the last stop on his mission to the subcontinent, Québec Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), along with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other high-profile personalities.
Over the last few years, Genticorum has become one of the most sought after proponents of Québécois musical culture. Firmly rooted in the soil of Montreal, the trio weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and bass accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor, and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.
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).
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.
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.”
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.