Political and institutional relations

The most recent mission to the United Kingdom by a Premier of Québec was in June 2011. The goal of this mission was to familiarize economic and political leaders and the media with the investment and economic/social development opportunities emerging in Québec with the implementation of the Plan Nord.

As part of this mission, the Premier met with British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne and Climate Group CEO Mark Kenber. He also spoke before members of the Canada–United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, the 2011 Financial Times Global Energy Leaders Summit and the London Metal Exchange.

In keeping with tradition, the Minister of Finance visits London annually as part of a post-budgetary mission to meet with members of the business community and deliver a speech. In addition, the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade visits the Farnborough Airshow every other year.

In September 2011 the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks took part in a round table on climate change organized by the Québec Government Office in London in cooperation with the Office of the Agent General of South Australia in London and the Climate Group.

In March 2011 the prestigious Chatham House (aka the Royal Institute of International Affairs, considered the best international relations think tank outside the United States), in partnership with the Québec Government Office in London and the Flemish and Catalan government offices in the United Kingdom, organized a conference on the theme “Devolution in a Globalized World.” On behalf of the Premier, the Transport Minister presented Québec's international initiatives.

As regards British visits to Québec, we would note the first official visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in July 2011 to Québec City and Montréal. The royal couple was welcomed by the Premier of Québec and the Duke of Cambridge spoke at Québec's City Hall.

In September 2011 Lord James Sassoon, Britain's Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, met with Québec's Finance Minister during a visit to Montréal. This was the first official visit to Québec by a British minister under David Cameron's coalition government.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made an official visit to Canada in November 2009. In April 2009, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alex Fergusson, marked Tartan Day with a visit to the Québec National Assembly. During his visit, he spoke with members of various parliamentary committees. This visit was preceded, in November 2008, by a mission of Scottish members of parliament.

On December 17, 2008, British High Commissioner to Canada Anthony Cary gave the President of the National Assembly and the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie a facsimile of the Québec Act of 1774, a gift from the British government on the occasion of Québec City's 400th anniversary.

Under a language assistant exchange program implemented in 1980. some sixty Québec and British citizens are selected each year to work as second language teaching assistants (French or English) in the United Kingdom and Québec.

This program is now an integral part of a cooperation agreement signed in London in April 2002 between the Government of Québec and the British Council. The agreement targets three areas of cooperation: education, culture, and science and technology.

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