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5 Jul 2013

The Great Lakes and St-Lawrence Cities Initiative: A Ten Year Partnership for Sustainable Development

Yves Lévesque, Mayor of Trois-Rivières; Simon Bélisle, GLSLCI; Denis Lapointe, Mayor of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; Naolo Coulibaly, Québec intern at GLSLCI; Benoît Massicotte, Québec City; Philippe Chenard, GLSLCI; Josée Duplessis, Chair, Executive Committee, and City Counsellor, De Lorimier Borough, City of Montréal; Éric Marquis, Québec Delegate in Chicago; Michelle Morin-Doyle, Deputy Mayor and City Counsellor, Québec City; Roger Lachance, Director, Environment, City of Montréal; Robert Masson, GLSLCI.

Québec participated in the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) in Marquette, Michigan, from June 19 to 21. GLSLCI, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is a coalition of mayors of 100 cities in Great Lakes states, Ontario and Québec (20 cities in Québec).

It promotes coordinated action by cities in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River corridor on issues of shared interest related to water management, the environment, emergency management and infrastructure. A number of large Québec cities, including Montréal, Québec City, Trois-Rivières and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield participated in the Annual Meeting.

GLSLCI members adopted a number of resolutions, including:

  • A resolution addressing the impacts on shoreline communities of historically low water levels
  • A resolution to ensure monitoring of the increase in the transportation capacity of heavy crude in the region’s pipelines
  • A resolution defending a greater and enshrined role for the cities in the implementation of the St. Lawrence Action Plan

They also set up a Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Service that will be a tool for sharing information and expertise on adapting to climate change.

The Québec Delegate in Chicago, Éric Marquis, who participated in the event, used the occasion to meet with the mayors of major cities in his territory, including Tom Barrett (Milwaukee) and George Heartwell (Grand Rapids) as well as with representatives of NGOs and large research centres. GLSLCI is an important partner of the Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC), because it facilitates access to influential regional players.

DQC, with the support of the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur, set up a partnership that will allow Québec interns to work with GLSLCI and, as such, familiarize themselves with the environmental issues that are priorities for our bilateral relations with the United States as well as with the political and institutional actors who are in charge of them.

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