Québec Premier Jean Charest was in Boston on February 23 to discuss trade and economic cooperation at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The Premier took part in the seminar as part of the Canada Seminars series, at the invitation of Québec sociologist Gérard Bouchard, currently a guest professor at the research centre.
Premier Charest told the audience that “in today’s economic context, I want to tell Americans about the determination of Québec and its population, especially Québec entrepreneurs and researchers, to work with you in rising to the economic, energy and environmental challenges we are all facing.”
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is the largest international research centre within Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is structured to encourage interaction among a diverse community of scholars and practitioners. To stimulate this dialogue, the Weatherhead Center sponsors a wide array of seminars, research programs, workshops, and conferences.
The U.S. is Québec’s leading trade partner. In 2007, trade between Québec and its southern neighbour added up to CAN$78.7 billion. Exports to the U.S. accounted for 75% of Québec’s worldwide sales.
The Government of Québec has six offices in the U.S., including one in Boston since 1970, and maintains close ties with a number of American states.