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21 Aug 2013

Francophone parliamentary organization meets in Québec City

Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, spoke with the new Secretary General of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF), Pascal Terrasse, who was elected at the APF’s general meeting held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on July 12 (photo MRIFCE).

Minister Jean-François Lisée took advantage of the 29th session of the Americas division of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) to speak with the organization’s new Secretary General, Pascal Terrasse, who is also the member of the French National Assembly for Ardèche.

The National Assembly of Québec — a full member of the APF since 1975 — is hosting the APF’s 29th session from August 19 to 22. The meeting has drawn over 60 delegates and parliamentarians from the Canadian provinces and the Parliament of Canada, as well as Haiti and the states of Louisiana and Maine. One of the key themes of the conference revolves around the impact of immigration on the state and status of French.

Peace, democracy and human rights

Jean-François Lisée took advantage of his meeting with Secretary General Terrasse to stress that La Francophonie is a major component of Québec’s international relations.

Québec also places great importance on the assertion and recognition of democratic principles within La Francophonie. These principles have to do with defending democratic values, consolidating the rule of law, holding free and transparent elections and promoting human rights. Minister Lisée highlighted the special importance of respect for women’s rights within the French-speaking world.

He also stressed the growing scope of institutional networks within La Francophonie in the areas of democracy, justice and the rule of law, pointing to the examples of two Québec institutions, the Directeur général des élections (DGE) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), which share expertise with their counterparts in southern nations, particularly in Africa.

About the APF

The APF was founded in 1967 under the name “Association internationale des parlementaires de langue française” (AIPLF). Its currently comprises 79 sections divided into four regions, namely Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe.

In addition to contributing to the impact of the French language and mutual knowledge of francophone cultures, the APF actively promotes democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Interparliamentary cooperation is also one of its main focus areas.

Peace, democracy and human rights
Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (in French)

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