Agreements and commitments
As a federated State, Québec signs international commitments with sovereign States and with certain of their components. The Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie acts in her name and on behalf of the Government of Québec and ensures that the agreements reached benefit Quebecers.
A federated state : a state with a territorial and constitutional community forming part of a federal union.
Sovereign state: a State which possesses a population, a territory, a government which is subordinated to no other one and a capacity to enter into a relationship with the other states.
Role of the department
The Department coordinates negotiations between parties by:
- Consolidating the initial position of the Government of Québec
- Ensuring the coherence of international commitments
- Facilitating negotiations between the parties when it is not itself negotiating on behalf of the Government of Québec
- Draft the agreements
The agreements are then applied by ministries concerned by the field of expertise.
The Government of Québec achieves a number of objectives through various types of agreements and commitment:
- Addressing political issues
- Promoting Québec’s economic, social and cultural interests
- Procuring rights for Québec citizens
- Procuring benefits for Québec organizations and businesses
Since 1964, Québec has made commitments in areas within its constitutional jurisdiction such as:
Types of commitments
The Government of Québec enters into four different types of commitments:
agreements reached between the Government of Québec and a foreign government or an international organization
various forms of declarations of intent, joint statements, joint press releases and reports of discussions
mechanisms that involve several contracting parties and that are generally initiated by international organizations whose memberships are comprised of a large number of sovereign States, including Canada
agreements reached by the Government of Canada with foreign partners that have an impact on areas within Québec’s constitutional jurisdiction
Last update: 2017-07-07 3:09:37 PM