It is safe to say that London is well and truly alive with the spirit of the season. The city’s streets are now filled with the festive sight of twinkling lights and the sounds of busy shoppers. All staff at the Delegation have been working hard to ensure that 2015 ends with a crescendo of exciting activity. Indeed, both November and December have been marked by a series of important Québec-related public and cultural events.
"The tragic events that are unfolding in France… for the second time in under a year, as well as the profound, historic and honoured relationship that binds our two nations, bring me here before you this evening.
I know that all of Québec will join me in expressing the horror that we feel, combined with a sharp sense of sadness and solidarity, towards the French nation."
The longer nights and chillier mornings are signs that the festive season will soon be upon us. The autumn period has been one filled with much activity; the Delegation has played a great role in the organisation and hosting of many events connected to business, diplomacy and culture.
Last week, the city of Dublin hosted WebSummit2015. Affectionately named the “Davos for geeks” by the international press, WebSummit has quickly become a European reference point for all that is digital. This year, the forum was attended by an impressive Québec cohort.
“The global fight that we are leading against climate change gives us an unprecedented opportunity to invest our scientific and technological engineering into one singular cause (…) the choices we take as decision-makers will have effects far beyond our borders and our lifetime. The time has come for us to make all of the necessary efforts to ensure the sustainable development of our planet.”
On the 9th October, in the presence of ministers Robert Poëti, Pierre Arcand, Jacques Daoust and David Heurtel, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard unveiled the new 2015-2020 Transportation Electrification Action Plan.
Over the course of the past week, the Québec Government Office in London has participated in two events that highlighted the importance of digital technologies to the future of government and diplomacy.
On the 7th September, the Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Kathleen Weil, and the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, unveiled the exceptional measures that Québec will be putting in place to welcome more refugees, in particular Syrian refugees, and to support the efforts of Québec international cooperation organizations that are working on the ground.
Québec expertise was recently honoured at the annual American Cheese Society (ACS) competition in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Québec artisan and specialty cheese producers winning 36 prizes, including seven first places.