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20 Sep 2012

Jean-François Lisée becomes new Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade

Jean-François Lisée, new Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Pauline Marois, Premier of Québec (Photo: Le Protocole, gouvernement du Québec)

The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, has appointed Jean-François Lisée as Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region. The appointment took place in the Québec National Assembly on Wednesday, September 18, 2012, at the swearing-in of the new Cabinet.

Elected MNA for Rosemont for the first time following the September 4, 2012, general election, Mr. Lisée has been:

  • Executive Director and founder of the International Studies Centre at Université de Montréal (2004-2012)
  • Guest scholar at the Political Science Department of Université de Montréal and in political science in Paris (2001-2003)
  • Special advisor to Premiers Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard (1994-1999)
  • Deputy editor-in-chief of L’actualité (1990-1992)
  • Reporter in Washington, DC, for La Presse daily newspaper, L’actualité magazine and French weekly L’Événement du jeudi (1985-1989)

Mr. Lisée obtained a law degree from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1979, then a Master’s Degree in communications from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1991.

“Our society is open to the world, as much in terms of trade as in culture and international cooperation.” These were the words the Premier used when she asked the new Minister to step forward to be officially sworn in.

Ms. Marois continued by mapping out the mandate she wishes to give his Department, including:

  • Promote Québec’s interests and culture on the international stage
  • Provide support to entrepreneurs in international markets in order to expand our exports and promote Québec as a place that welcomes foreign investment
  • Advance our interests and our bonds of friendship, with special emphasis on countries in the Francophonie

“What I am asking you to do is to throw open the doors of Québec to the world,” concluded the Premier.

Full biography –Parti québécois website (in French)

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