Monique Gagnon-Tremblay pays tribute to Jean Chapdelaine, a pioneer of Québec diplomacy

Québec City, February 3, 2005 ─ Deputy Premier and Minister of International Relations, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, paid tribute today to one of the pioneers of Québec diplomacy, Jean Chapdelaine, who passed away on February 2, 2005.

Mr. Chapdelaine, who was Delegate General in Paris during the Quiet Revolution and the period of General de Gaulle, “made a major contribution to the flourishing of French-Québec relations. It was during his period in office from 1965 to 1976 that Québec Government Office in Paris came into its own and one of the centrepieces of French-Québec relations?the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse?was created,” said the Deputy Premier.

Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay mentioned Mr. Chapdelaine's commitment to expanding Québec's influence on the international scene and recalled that succeeding ministers of international relations consulted him on a regular basis. “He was generous with his valuable advice, the result of his tenure as a seasoned diplomat. We owe him a great debt,” she concluded.

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