Ministry of International Relations (Quebec)

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The Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie (French: Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie) is a department in the Government of Quebec. Its primary task is to "promote and defend Québec’s interests internationally."[1]

Overview[edit]

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.[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 Christine St-Pierre.[4]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mission Archived 2010-08-24 at the Wayback Machine., Ministère des Relations internationales, accessed 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ History of the Department Archived 2009-11-30 at the Wayback Machine., Ministère des Relations internationales, accessed 16 December 2009.
  3. ^ Francophonie Archived 2009-05-01 at the Wayback Machine., Ministère des Relations internationales, accessed 16 December 2009.
  4. ^ Québec Premier's: Members of Cabinet, Government of Quebec, accessed 4 April 2018.

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