Ministry of International Relations (Quebec)

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The Ministry of International Relations (French: Ministère des Relations internationales) is a department in the Government of Quebec. It was established by the government of Daniel Johnson in 1967 as the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, replacing and expanding on an earlier Ministry of Federal-Provincial Relations.[1] Its primary task is to "promote and defend Québec’s interests internationally."[2]

As of 2010, one of the ministry's responsibilities is overseeing Quebec's relationship with the Francophonie.[3] This responsibility was formerly held by a different member of cabinet.

The department is overseen by the minister of International Relations, who is also styled as the minister responsible for the Francophonie. The current minister is Pierre Arcand.

Sylvain Simard, who served as minister from 1996 to 1998, was also styled as the minister responsible for international humanitarian action from 1997 to 1998.

Quebec Government Offices[edit]

The Ministry operates Quebec Government Offices, de facto embassies which serve as communication depots between the provincial government and governments outside of Canada. None of the offices in 28 countries have official diplomatic accreditation but serve as venues of paradiplomacy.

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  1. ^ History of the Department, Ministère des Relations internationales, accessed 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ Mission, Ministère des Relations internationales, accessed 16 December 2009.
  3. ^ Francophonie, Ministère des Relations internationales, accessed 16 December 2009.