Four American cities are on the agenda for the mission to the United States that Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, undertook on June 15. Aligned with the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy, the mission is aimed at promoting Québec as an economic partner. The Minister’s first stop is Des Moines, Iowa, where he will take part in the Leadership Meeting held to coincide with the sixth conference of North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO).
Last Train Home, by Montréal filmmaker Lixin Fan, won the prestigious Golden Gate Award in the documentary feature category at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), one of the most respected filmfests in the United States and the oldest in North America.
Hearthbeats, Xavier Dolan’s lastest film, won the Regards Jeunes prize in Cannes, which is awarded by a European jury of seven young cinephiles. Last year, he won for his debut feature, J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), which he also wrote, directed and starred in.
Thanks to this new tool, the Ministère des Relations internationales plans to enhance awareness within major international bodies such as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) of Québec civil society’s expertise in the priority areas of peace, democracy, governance and human rights.
Over 100 artists from Québec, Canada and abroad are part of the line-up for the 11th edition of the MUTEK International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music, to be held from June 2 to 6.
Montréal has been voted the number-one city in North America for international event hosting, according to the official 2009 rankings recently issued by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
“This budget proposes action for the short term that will solidify economic recovery, action for the medium term that will restore budgetary balance, and action for the longer term that will foster the emergence of a stronger, more competitive economy,” said Minister of Finance Raymond Bachand, upon tabling the 2010-2011 Québec budget on March 30.
On April 15, Premier Jean Charest welcomed the CEO of The Climate Group, Steve Howard. Founded in 2004, The Climate Group is an independent organization based in London that collaborates with multinationals, municipalities and the governments of federated states and regions to combat climate change.
Mining industry leaders have ranked Québec number one in the world list of places for mining exploration and development, according to the annual survey conducted by the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian research organization. The survey seeks to determine the best place in the world for mining investment. Québec topped the survey for the third year in a row.
The Government of Québec recently announced financial support totalling $13.3 million for a project involving the manufacturing of new aerospace products at GE’s Bromont plant. The funds will be provided via Investissement Québec as part of the development strategy for Québec’s aerospace sector.
Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, welcomed the US federal government’s announcement in early April concerning the adoption of stricter greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards throughout American territory. The Government of Canada intends to follow suit.
A delegation of Californian political and economic decision-makers was in Québec from March 31 to April 2. The visit was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in the areas of the environment, energy and transportation.
Les amours imaginaires [Heartbeats], the second feature-length motion picture by young Québec director Xavier Dolan, who won three awards for I Killed My Mother last year at the Directors’ Fortnight, will be part of the next Cannes Film Festival’s official selection. Dolan’s latest will be featured in the “Un Certain Regard” (A Certain Look) section.
In association with the estate of the late Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil will be presenting a brand-new permanent show in Las Vegas dedicated to the King of Pop and featuring dance and new technologies such as 3D and holograms. The show is expected to debut in late 2012 and will be Cirque’s eighth permanent show in Las Vegas.