A symposium entitled “Hector Fabre and France/French Canada/Québec Relations, 1882-1960” was held in Québec City on September 16-17. Some 25 speakers took part in the event, which brought together former members of parliament and history specialists. Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, was the special invited guest.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Québec’s first diplomat, the symposium explored the theme of cultural relations between Québec and Canada with France prior to the creation of Québec’s Government Office in Paris in 1961. Topics included literary, cultural, artistic, historic and religious influences, in addition to the ideological affinities that helped forge stronger ties between France, Québec and the rest of Canada.
Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay paid tribute to Québec and France’s special relationship, particularly in the following areas: