On mission in Boston November 13 and 14, Québec Premier Jean Charest spoke during the 17th annual U.S.-Canada Energy Trade and Technology Conference of the New England-Canada Business Council (NECBC) to promote Québec as a key partner in providing clean, renewable energies. With less than 25 days remaining before the Copenhagen conference, Premier Charest reaffirmed the fundamental role of subnational states in the fight against climate change.
In his address to over 200 representatives from the U.S. and Canadian energy sectors, the Premier recalled the longstanding cooperative ties in the area of energy between Québec and New England. He also referred to issues linked to climate change and the competitiveness of our economies.
“With 25 days to go before the Copenhagen conference, we must work together to develop green energies and implement initiatives that will contribute to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and lower our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Québec’s hydroelectricity, which is recognized as a clean, renewable form of energy, can contribute to the solution. The memorandum of understanding that was signed with New Brunswick two weeks ago will further facilitate the access of New England states to energy from Québec, thereby resulting in a reduction of GHG emissions in the region,” said the Premier of Québec.
Moreover, during the conference, Premier Charest took the opportunity to announce the start-up of formal negotiations with the province of Prince Edward Island to create an energy partnership as well as the creation of a New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Québec energy hub.
The Premier had an opportunity to speak with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to discuss topics of common interest: the Montréal-Boston high speed rail corridor, energy, climate change and cooperation projects in the research, science and technology sectors. On November 14, the Premier will meet with the Governor of Vermont and President of the National Governors Association (NGA), James H. Douglas. They will discuss plans for the February, 2010 meeting of the Council of the Federation and the NGA, which will be held at the initiative of Premier Charest and Governor Douglas.
The Premier will also be the guest of honour at the 25th Maple Leaf Ball organized by the Maple Leaf Foundation. During the event, Premier Charest will become the first Quebecer to be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Canadians and Americans, which pays tribute to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of Canada-U.S. relations. The former Governor of Massachusetts and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci will also attend. The Maple Leaf Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to foster better understanding between Canada and the United States, primarily through annual student exchanges.
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