From August 2-5, three members of Québec’s National Assembly, Stéphane Billette (representing the riding of Huntingdon), François Ouimet (Marquette) and François Rebello (La Prairie) played an active role in the annual meeting of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments (ERC-CSG), which was held this year in Burlington, Vermont.
The MNAs made noteworthy contributions to discussions concerning a number of key issues for Québec, including the fight against climate change, Canada-US trade and the rise of protectionism, as well as high-speed train projects aimed at strengthening links between Québec and the US Northeast.
In conjunction with the event, some 30 influential lawmakers, including Idaho State Senator Bart Davis, chair of the Council of State Governments, attended a dinner co-organized by Québec’s Government Offices in Boston and New York.
Despite the recession and the budgetary difficulties facing various US states, 400 people attended the conference in Burlington. Québec’s Delegate in Boston, France Dionne, represented the Department of International Relations (MRI).
The ERC-CSG includes members of the legislative and executive branches of government from various northeastern states and Canadian provinces. Québec’s National Assembly joined the conference in 1990 and is a member of its executive committee.
Council of State Governments – Eastern Regional Conference
Québec Government Office in Boston
Québec Government Office in New York