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20 Sep 2013

Great Lakes Commission: a regional partnership for sustainable development

Québec participated in the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Cleveland, Ohio, September 10 and 11, 2012. This regional forum, which brings together eight American states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York) as well as Québec and Ontario, focuses on shared issues of concern such as water resources management, the environment, aquatic nuisance species, maritime transportation and the regional economy.

The Québec Government Representative in Chicago, Éric Marquis, together with representatives from Québec’s public and private sectors, used the occasion to highlight the following actions taken by Québec:

  • The management of water resources
  • The St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026
  • The protection of threatened species
  • The free flow of maritime transportation

The participants also had the occasion to examine the reports of the task forces looking at phosphorus loadings and harmful algal blooms, multimodal transportation and environmental emergency preparedness measures.

GLC adopted six new resolutions, including two at the initiative of the Québec Government Office in Chicago. The first deals with the renewable and clean energy portfolio standards of the American states and their recognition of hydroelectric power as a renewable energy. The second deals with economic integration with a view to encouraging member governments to adopt open procurement policies. Proposing such resolutions is a first for Québec at the GLC.

Great Lakes Commission
Resolutions adopted
St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026
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