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12 Mar 2012

UK mission for Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay

Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will carry out a mission to the United Kingdom from March 14 to 17. In addition to participating in political meetings in the British capital, she will take the opportunity to launch a year-long program of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Québec Government Office in London.

According to Minister Gagnon-Tremblay, “Historically, at a time when Québec wanted to build foreign ties and deploy structured international efforts, the United Kingdom was seen as a natural ally. Today, our relations with the United Kingdom — our leading economic partner in Europe — are of substantial benefit to Québec’s development and economy.”

A performance of the opera Rusalka at the Royal Opera House, London, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the conductor’s pulpit, will serve as the starting point for the program of activities. Held in collaboration with partners of the Québec Government Office in London, the activities will be a chance to emphasize the scope of relations between Québec and the UK.

Political and institutional meetings

The Minister will take part in political meetings aimed, among other things, at raising awareness of the Québec government’s new European strategy, launched in February. She will meet with Alistair Burt, Foreign Office Minister for North America, and Andrew Rosindell, Chairman of the British-Canadian All Party Parliamentary Group. Along with Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council, she will underline the tenth anniversary of an agreement between Québec and the UK cultural body.

The Minister’s schedule will also include La Francophonie. She will have an opportunity to meet with Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of La Francophonie, and Michaëlle Jean, “Grand témoin de la Francophonie” for the London Olympics, who will be in the British capital for a francophone concert in Trafalgar Square on March 17.

Relations between Québec and the UK

The United Kingdom is Québec’s number-three trade partner, after the United States and China. Trade with the UK added up to $5.8 billion in 2011, and the UK market is crucial for Québec cultural exports. In 2011, over 150 performers, companies and cultural organizations called on the services of the Québec Government Office in London for initiatives in the UK.

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