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11 Nov 2009

The Prince of Wales in Montréal

The Prince of Wales with Premier Charest. Photo: Philippe Renault

On November 10, Premier Jean Charest met with the Prince of Wales, who was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, during the couple’s official visit to Canada. Discussions focused primarily on climate change, relations between Québec and the United Kingdom, and the project for a Canada-EU economic partnership agreement.

During the meeting, Premier Charest stressed that the Québec government, in collaboration with California, South Australia and several groupings of federated states and regions, is continuing to actively campaign to ensure that the role played by federated states and regions in the fight against climate change is included in the text of the regime that will replace the Kyoto protocol.

The conversation between Premier Charest and the Prince of Wales also centered on the vitality of economic relations with the United Kingdom. “Prince Charles is an influential figure. Québec-UK exchanges in the cultural, trade and investment sectors are extremely important to us. The United Kingdom is Europe’s largest importer of goods from Québec,” noted the Premier.

The Premier also mentioned that Québec views the Canada-EU economic partnership agreement project as an opportunity to step up cooperation with Europe with respect to culture, research, youth mobility and the environment.

Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, was on hand to greet the Prince of Wales upon his arrival in Montréal, and was present when the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall toured the Cirque du Soleil’s facilities.

The Prince also visited the Montréal Biodôme, where he attended a presentation by Ouranos, a consortium composed of some 250 scientists and professionals specializing in regional climatology and climate change adaptation research and development. The visit provided an occasion to highlight the organization’s work regarding future climate simulations, safety issues concerning populations in Nunavik and coastal erosion. Closing the day’s events, the Prince took part in a Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) ceremony attended by military personnel and their families.

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