Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick called for a strengthening of relations with Québec during a trade mission to Montréal on October 10 and 11.
It was Governor Patrick’s first official visit to Québec, apart from meetings of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP).
Among other activities, Mr. Patrick delivered a speech at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) entitled Massachusetts-Quebec: A Partnership for the Innovation Economy. The speech was attended by Alexandre Cloutier, the Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, the Canadian Francophonie and Sovereignist Governance, and 175 people from the business community, academia and civil society.
The Governor also participated in the seminar entitled Nouveaux modèles pour stimuler l’innovation à partir de partenariats publics/privés : exemples du Québec et du Massachusetts [New Models to Stimulate Innovation from Public-Private Partnerships: Examples from Québec and Massachusetts] organized by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie. The objective of the seminar was to explore potential avenues for collaboration between governments, universities and companies to drive innovation and economic development in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.
Massachusetts is a priority partner of Québec in New England. In 2012, trade with this state totalled some $2.21 billion, which makes it Québec’s third largest trading partner in the region.