(Quebec) Exceptionally, Quebec is preparing to open a second general delegation in the United States, this time in Los Angeles, with the aim of strengthening its presence in California.
In the past, Quebec had a policy of opening only one general delegation per country, which is the highest status of the different types of representation abroad.
In the United States, Quebec has long been established in New York, which houses a general delegation located in the heart of the city and well endowed in terms of resources. In the United States, in Boston, Chicago, Washington and Houston in particular, there are a total of nine Quebec representations in the United States, in the form of smaller delegations, offices and branches.
The Canadian Press learned on Wednesday that the Legault government will enhance the status of the Los Angeles delegation, which will become a general delegation, just like New York, with all the means and resources accompanying this change.
The government is thus seeking to clearly show its intention to develop the market in the American West.
Before the pandemic, it was in California, Los Angeles and San Francisco, that Prime Minister François Legault carried out his last mission abroad, in December 2019.
The decision to upgrade the status of the Los Angeles delegation stems from the four-day mission, during which he was able to meet with state governor Gavin Newsom.
California, the world’s fifth largest economy, is Quebec’s eighth largest trading partner in the United States, which accounts for 70% of our exports.
The fight against greenhouse gases, clean technologies and the film industry are among the fields of interest that Quebec wants to develop with California.
The current delegate, Philippe Huneault, will remain on site from now on as general delegate.
Last May, the Ministry of International Relations launched its strategy aimed at the United States and aimed at consolidating the market shares of Quebec companies in this country, by injecting $ 2 million for diplomatic actions.