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Québec and Vermont determined to broaden their cooperative ties

Québec City, February 16, 2017 – On his first foreign mission since his inauguration in January, Vermont governor Phil Scott met yesterday with Québec premier Philippe Couillard. After the meeting, the government leaders expressed their firm commitment to reinforcing the special economic ties that exist between the two regions.

They agreed to work together to broaden economic relations between Québec and Vermont, particularly by promoting trade integration on both sides of the border.

Premier Couillard and Governor Scott said they would task their respective administrations with further improving the Québec-Vermont multisectoral cooperation agreement. To this end, they will be setting their sights on a new area of cooperation, student mobility, with the aim of enriching educational opportunities and employability for students in vocational training and university programs.  

The governor was accompanied by a large delegation, including secretaries Michael Schirling, Julie Moore, and Joe Flynn, responsible for commerce, natural resources, and transportation, respectively.

Included in the Vermont delegation’s program were meetings yesterday and today between the secretaries accompanying the governor and the Minister of Public Security, Martin Coiteux; the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Pierre Arcand; and the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Dominique Anglade. Cross-border cooperation in the areas of security, hydroelectricity exports, and trade relations were among the topics of discussion.

Quotes:

“By choosing Québec for his first foreign mission, Governor Scott has shown that he wishes to continue the long and mutually beneficial tradition of cooperation and trade that links Québec and Vermont. Vermont is an invaluable ally in implementing the action plan our government has put in place to promote the advantages of economic interdependence between Québec and the United States.”

Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec

“Strong collaboration and partnership with Québec are essential to strengthening Vermont’s economy, security, and environment, so it was important to visit the province early in my term, along with members of my team, to meet my counterpart and discuss how we can work together in support of shared goals.”

Phil Scott, Governor of Vermont

Highlights:

  • Vermont is Québec’s main trading partner in New England, with trade in goods amounting to C$4.2 billion in 2015.
  • The economic interdependence between Québec and Vermont drives growth and creates jobs on both sides of the border:
    • Québec’s exports to Vermont totaled C$3 billion in 2015.
    • Québec is the biggest export market for Vermont businesses. In 2015, the province imported nearly C$1.2 billion from Vermont, which represents 88% of Canadian imports from that state.
  • Québec and Vermont cooperate in a number of areas: road and rail transportation, GMO labeling, tourism, the Francophonie, public security, mutual assistance, the cleanup of Lake Champlain, flood control, green energy, the fight against climate change, trade, and economic development.
  • Trade relations will be a central theme at the next New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers' Annual Conference in Charlottetown next August.
  • In 2010, Hydro-Québec signed a long-term hydroelectric contract with a number of Vermont electricity companies in order to supply the Vermont population with renewable energy until 2038.

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