The Minister of International Relations, la Francophonie and External Trade (MRIFCE), and the Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Mr. Jean-François Lisée, lead his first mission to Washington on December 11-12. The visit provided Minister Lisée with the opportunity to present the priorities of the Québec government to his numerous American interlocutors and to remind them of the importance that the Québec government accords to its relations with the United States.
The Minister spoke on hemispheric issues at a roundtable at the Council of the Americas. From left to right: Minister Lisée; Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas; Alain Olivier, Director, Québec Government Office in Washington (Credit: Denis Largeron)
The Minister met with several influent leaders in Washington in sectors of interest to Québec, including Representative Edward J. Markey, a leader in Congress on renewable energy. Additionally, Mr. Lisée met with Representative Bill Owens as well as the Canadian Ambassador Mr. Gary Doer.
Minister Lisée held several roundtable discussions, most notably at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he spoke on the importance of consolidating the economic relationship between Québec and the United States with various business leaders and academics in Washington.
At the end of the mission, Minister Lisée travelled to New York to accompany Québec's Premier, Ms. Pauline Marois, on her first economic mission to the United States.