モニク・ガニオン・トランブレ・ケベック州・国際関係・フランス語圏担当大臣 Quebec Government Minister of Int'l Relations and Francophones Madame Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, delivering her speech@Okura
Minister Gagnon-Tremblay delivered her luncheon speech on Japan-Quebec relations in front of many invited guests at Hotel Okura on January 21(M), where the luncheon was hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In her speech, she emphasized the fact that Japan is Quebec's "most important Asian market for value-added products," and the possibility of closer economic relations in such areas as science and technology, energy and food security, just to mention a few. She concluded her speech by saying that "the Government of Quebec less than two years ago, adopted an ambitious international policy, [and] many of the key elements of this policy quite naturally seek a multi-faceted relationship with Japan." It was a very impressive and powerful speech, that will surely help develop a closer relationship between Japan and Quebec in the future. We need more events like this on a regular basis.