The Quebec government is still on the offensive, since a few months, to promote the value of the province in the NAFTA renegotiation.
In recent months, the US administration has conveyed its intention to reopen this trade agreement. This commitment was confirmed on May 18th, 2017 by the formal initiation of the NAFTA renegotiation process.
“More than ever, we will mobilize with our partners like the unions, businesses, our network of representation in the United States and the federal government to demonstrate that the U.S. profits as much as Quebec, benefits of our commercial relations.” Says Dominique Anglade, minister of economic development, innovation and export trade.
The Quebec government didn’t wait to promote the importance of commercial trading between Quebec and the United States, which reached $ 88 billion annually. The actions that have been ongoing are as follows:
- October 18th, 2016 : Nomination of M. Raymond Chrétien titled as negociator of Quebec for Lumber;
- October 24th, 2016 : Unveiling of the Quebec Export Strategy, which includes the addition of seven commercial attaches to the United States;
- November 28th, 2016 : As part of the Quebec Export Strategy, $ 2 million is announced for the Accelerated Growth Center: 40 Quebec-based exporting companies will be accompanied to increase their exports to the United States;
- January 23rd, 2017 : Minister Dominique Anglade meets with some forty Quebec exporting companies to draw up a plan of action in anticipation of the renegotiation of NAFTA;
- February 12, 2017: Appointment of Mr. Raymond Bachand as Special Advisor to defend the specific interests of Quebec with a view to renegotiating NAFTA;
March 17, 2017: Day of mobilization on the issues related to the Quebec-United States business relationship, in which the Premier of Quebec participated. American personalities were present, including Jodi Hanson Bond, Vice President Americas of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Maryscott Greenwood, President and CEO of the Canadian American Business Council.
In addition to that, there is the presence of a Quebec minister every two weeks in the United States, regular exchanges with the federal government and discussions with our American counterparts.
“In the last few months, the Prime Minister, my colleague Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, and I have had the opportunity to talk to many American partners. All of us have shared the importance of maintaining and developing our business relationships. That is why we must continue to interact with our American partners in order to demonstrate this interrelatedness of our markets. Quebec is an open society. Trade agreements benefit our businesses. The Global Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union will in particular facilitate the access of Quebec products to the European market, a pool of 500 million consumers. The North American Free Trade Agreement also allowed increased trade between Quebec and the United States. These have doubled since the agreement came into force, which has been beneficial to all parties.” Again, says Dominique Anglade, minister of economic development, innovation and export trade.
(Note: The source was in exclusively in French. Its entirety was translated in English.)