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4 Oct 2012

Successful mission to London by Minister Alexandre Cloutier

Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs and Sovereignist Governance Alexandre Cloutier (Photo : Gemma Spiers).

Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs and Sovereignist Governance Alexandre Cloutier has just ended a two-day mission to London. During his first overseas mission, he represented the Government of Québec at a gala marking 50 years of economic relations between Québec and the United Kingdom and also met with representatives of the political and academic establishments of the British capital.

“The United Kingdom is Québec’s most important economic partner in Europe. At a time when the Québec Government Office in London is celebrating its 50th anniversary, we have to send a clear signal to the Québec and British companies that are helping to nourish this rich relationship for the mutual benefit of both our societies,” said Minister Cloutier.

Minister Cloutier was co-guest of honour together with Lord Green, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, at an economic gala on October 3 during which several awards were presented recognizing the excellence of British and Québec companies. A Tribute Award was also presented to Cirque du Soleil. Organized by the Québec Government Office in London in collaboration with the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, the gala was the climax of a program of activities that began in early 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of Québec’s permanent office in London.

The event brought together some 160 guests from the business communities of Québec and the United Kingdom, including some fifty Quebecers. Minister Cloutier had an opportunity to meet with a number of business leaders, including those from:

  • Rio Tinto
  • ArcelorMittal
  • CAE
  • Bombardier
  • Cirque du Soleil

Economic mission also on the program

In addition to the representatives of Québec companies based in the United Kingdom, a delegation of some fifteen Quebecers was in London on an economic mission under the auspices of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal. Minister Cloutier had an opportunity to meet with the delegation during an activity organized on the sidelines of the gala.

Minister Cloutier also held talks with Rio Tinto executives at the headquarters of the company in order to discuss potential investments in Québec.

Mr. Cloutier took advantage of his trip to London to meet with experts in public policies and constitutional law. Meetings were held, among others, with the directors of the Institute for Public Policy Research and the Institute for Government, two influential research groups in the United Kingdom. The mission also provided an opportunity to meet with experts on Scotland and Catalonia.

The United Kingdom is one of Québec’s most important international partners. The Government of Québec opened a permanent office there in 1962, just one year after Paris.

Québec Agent-General in London. Pierre Boulanger; and British Consul-General in Montreal, Patrick Holdich ((Photo : Gemma Spiers).


Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green (Photo : Gemma Spiers).


Trophy by Québec industrial designer Claude Maufette presented to various recipients (Photo DGQL)


Québec Government Office in London
Awards of Excellence winners – Economic gala dinner
Relations between Québec and the United Kingdom

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