The 17th edition of the Conference of Montréal was held from June 6 to 9 under the theme “A Changing Economic Order: New Realities, New Models.” Premier Jean Charest and Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay took part in the event.
The Ministère des Relations Internationales’ 2011-2014 Strategic Plan was tabled on June 7 in the National Assembly by the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay.
At the third LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec) Awards Gala held on May 31 at the National Assembly of Québec, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, presented the LOJIQ Grand Prize to author-singer-songwriter Spaïcy Bazile for her work on a humanitarian and creative project to encourage the rebuilding of Haiti.
The Government of Québec announced a $2.1 billion investment by ArcelorMittal Mines Canada (AMMC) on May 20 in Fermont. This investment will enable AMMC to increase production at the Mont-Wright mine by 50% and build a second pellet plant in Port-Cartier.
The Plan Nord, one of the largest projects in Québec’s history, was launched on May 9. The ambitious project focuses on sustainable development. It stems from studies by the Québec government, regional elected officials and Aboriginal representatives in collaboration with representatives from the economic, social and environmental sectors. The Plan Nord’s representative and participatory approach makes it a unique model that strikes a balance between social and economic development as well as environmental protection in partnership with the First Nations.
A Pratt & Whitney Canada Aerospace Centre officially began operations in Mirabel on May 6. A $360 million investment will enable the Centre to employ 300 people by 2016 and contribute to making the Mirabel region a truly world class aerospace hub.
Québec has a new representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO. Michèle Stanton-Jean will assume her responsibilities on July 18. She is currently a visiting scholar at Université de Montréal’s CRDP (Public Law Research Centre).
Japan’s new ambassador, Kaoru Ishikawa, made an official visit to Québec City on March 15. After the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and its population, Québec’s Premier, Jean Charest, and its Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, wanted to express the sympathy of Quebecers to the Japanese people.
On May 2nd and 3rd, the Québec government, together with the government of Ontario, presented the first Canada-EU Innovation Forum. This high-profile event took place in Montréal at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and served as a catalyst for greater co-operation between Canada and the European Union in the matters of research and innovation.
New services designed to facilitate the recruitment of qualified immigrant workers and ease their integration into their new workplace are available to Québec businesses. The new tools are in addition to the services already offered by the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC).
On April 7, the Gouvernement du Québec unveiled its 2011-2020 action plan for electric vehicles. Québec has already taken first steps towards promoting the use of electricity in transportation, but its very first action plan for electric vehicles includes a series of new measures that go even further.
Québec took part in the O-Hanami francophone organized by the Institut franco-japonais du Kansai on April 3 in Kyoto. This event provided Québec with an opportunity to express its solidarity with the Japanese people in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated the country in March.
An international jury made up of song specialists from Québec and Wallonia-Brussels has singled out Jérôme Minière for the Rapsat-Lelièvre award. The Québec artist won the prize for his album Le vrai le faux.
The rebuilding of Haiti was at the top of the agenda during Haiti Week, which was held at the University of Quebéc at Montréal from March 28 until April 1. Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, delivered the opening address.
In the wake of the disaster in Japan and its impact on hundreds of thousands of people, several Canadian humanitarian organizations have banded together to collect donations and invite Quebecers to support efforts to help Japan.