Premier Pauline Marois has expressed her satisfaction with her first economic mission to New York City.
“I’m very happy to have been able to take part in such rewarding dialogue with our New York partners. The Québec–New York State corridor has all it takes to continue to be one of the most prosperous and innovative places in the Americas and the world,” said the Premier, who was accompanied on her trip by Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade.
During her two days in the U.S. economic and financial capital, Premier Marois stressed that closer relations with the United States are a priority for her government.
According to Jean-François Lisée, “The United States knows that it can count on a neighbour and friend that cares about developing trade, welcomes foreign investments and is an ally when it comes to creating jobs and prosperity on both sides of the border.”
The Premier took advantage of her visit to open the world’s first Expansion Québec office and meet with private investors and environmental groups. At the invitation of the prestigious Foreign Policy Association, she gave a speech to an audience of 300 people from the worlds of business and finance. Pauline Marois also met with experts to discuss the post-electoral political and economic context in the United States and engaged in dialogue with leading American media players, including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and Bloomberg.
New York State is Québec’s number-one trade partner in the United States. In 2011, total trade between Québec and New York amounted to over CAN$8 billion.
Premier Marois's Foreign Policy speech