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11 Nov 2013

Pauline Marois receives Catalonian Vice-President

Vice-President Ortega and Premier Marois. Québec and Catalonia have fostered close relations in the areas of language and culture for several decades.

Premier Pauline Marois met with Joana Ortega, Catalonian Vice-President and Minister of Government and Institutional Relations, during the latter’s mission to Québec from October 30 to November 4.

Vice-President Ortega also spoke with Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Bernard Drainville, Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship, and Stéphane Bédard, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor.

The discussions focused on the political situation in Catalonia, elections and the referendum process. Catalonia plans to hold a referendum on its political future in 2014.

As the minister responsible for elections in Catalonia, Joana Ortega also spoke with Québec’s Chief Electoral Officer and visited polling stations during the November 3 municipal elections.

Québec has built close relations with Catalonia in a variety of areas, including culture, language, research, science and technology, the electoral process and health.

The governments of Québec and Catalonia have also developed institutional cooperation since 1997, further to the signing of a global cooperation agreement.

Québec government office in Barcelona (BQB)
Cooperation between Québec and Catalonia (in French)

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