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.
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.
The Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, the standards of which are equivalent to those adopted in California, come into effect in mid-January. Québec thereby becomes the first Canadian province to apply North America’s strictest standards.
The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, located in Montréal, will oversee the worldwide biodiversity-protection awareness campaign deployed throughout the year.
Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, wish to offer their condolences to the family of Philippe Séguin, first president of France’s General Accounting Office (Cour des Comptes), former speaker of the National Assembly and former French government minister, who passed away on January 7 in Paris.
Seven photographs depicting Québec heritage sites are featured in an exhibition of the winning entries from the International Monument Photography Experience (EPIM), in which young people from some 60 countries and regions from around the world took part.
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.
Québec Premier Jean Charest took the floor during the Climate Leaders Summit convened by The Climate Group on December 15 in Copenhagen. The Summit was the largest meeting of heads of federated states and regions ever held during a Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP). The participants, who also included industry leaders, all agreed on the need to implement a global agreement on climate change.
In Copenhagen for the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Premier Jean Charest announced Québec's support for the EV20 initiative. This initiative aims to bring together the leaders of 20 cities, States or nations with vehicle manufacturers, fleet owners and financiers involved in the development of the electric vehicle sector in order to accelerate the development of this market.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulated Québec, a Western Climate Initiative partner, for adopting a new and ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 20% compared to 1990 levels by 2020. Premier Jean Charest announced the plan on November 23.
THQ, a global leader in interactive entertainment software development and publishing, plans to group essential functions for all of its subsidiaries under one roof in Montréal: product development, research and development (R&D), creation of artistic content, quality assurance and title adaptation in different languages.
On November 20, 2009, just days after his re-election as the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay kept the promise he made to the AAPQ (Québec’s association of advertising agencies), which was to support their first trade mission.
The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) was singled out for honours in the Public Service category for the signing of the Québec-France agreement on mutual recognition of professional competence, at an awards gala held by the Institut d’administration publique de Québec (IAPQ).
On November 23, Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, unveiled Québec’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by the year 2020. By targeting a 20% reduction below 1990 levels, Québec has set a goal similar to the target established by the European Union thus becoming the leader in the fight against climate change.
Québec, in collaboration with California, South Australia and several groupings of federated states and regions, is continuing to actively campaign to ensure that the role played by federated states and regions in the fight against climate change is included in the text of the regime that will succeed the Kyoto protocol. To that end, Premier Jean Charest and South Australian Premier Mike Rann will co-chair the 3rd States and Regions Climate Leaders Summit, which will take place in December during the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
During the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Québec several weeks ago, Premier Jean Charest marked the birthday of His Royal Highness (November 14) by presenting him with a selection of 11 Québec films.