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24 Jun 2013

Chicago showcases cinema and products from Québec!

Éric Marquis, Québec Government Representative in Chicago, and Gitane de Silva, Canadian Consul General in Chicago.

The Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC) celebrated the Saint-Jean-Baptiste holiday on June 20, a few days before the official festivities in Montréal and Québec City. Some one hundred people attended a reception featuring Québec products. Traditional pea soup, poutine canapés and Québec beers (Unibroue and Dieu du Ciel breweries) were on the menu. The festivities culminated with a screening of the Québec-produced hit comedy film Starbuck.

The DQC invited its closest collaborators along with Chicago’s Québec community to the event. Several representatives from consulates in the region also attended, including the Consul General of Canada, Consul General of France, Consul General of Chile and Consul General of Japan, who is a true Francophile.

This was Québec Government Representative in Chicago Éric Marquis’s first Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebration in the region. He spoke about relations between Québec and the American Midwest, emphasizing the large volume of Québec exports to the region (22% of Québec’s exports to the U.S. go to the Midwest), the DQC’s participation in regional forums, particularly the Great Lakes Forum, and the value of the partnerships that the DQC has forged in various sectors.

DQC guests greatly appreciated the National Holiday celebration again this year, which provided an opportunity to enhance the delegation’s network of contacts.
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