QUÉBEC, June 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Governments of Ontario and Québec will hold the 7th joint meeting of Cabinet Ministers in Québec City on September 22.
The day before, on Thursday, September 21, at 3 pm, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will deliver a speech to members of the National Assembly, a first for a head of government from another province in Canada. Support for this speech came from representatives of all parliamentary groups as well as independent members. Prime Minister Couillard delivered a speech to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in 2015.
"The special relationship between Québec and Ontario is an undeniable asset. When we work together, our voices, our ideas and our values resonate stronger and go further. These annual meetings allow us to build alliances that advance economic, social and environmental progress in Québec and Ontario. Our meetings and our joint initiatives have led to positive results but above all, results that are concrete for people, and we intend to reinforce this partnership."
–– Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec
"Our provinces share a long history of productive partnership. Working together, we are continuing to make progress on areas of common interest, such as free trade, innovation and climate change. I welcome the opportunity to speak to the National Assembly as a symbol of our provinces' strong relationship and I look forward to sharing ideas about how we can continue to collaborate on the issues that matter most to people in Ontario and Québec."
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
- Bringing together 62 per cent of the Canadian population and representing 56 per cent of total production, Québec and Ontario form the economic, political and historical heart of Canada.
- Ontario and Québec together form the 4th largest economic region in North America.
- In the past, eight prime ministers and presidents of France, a Prime Minister of Greece and the Secretary General of the Canadian Francophonie have spoken to the National Assembly.
- Previous joint-Cabinet meetings have led to the signing of major agreements on electricity trade and fighting climate change.
- Québec and Ontario have signed a historic electricity agreement to move toward a low-carbon 21st century economy.
- Ontario and Québec's common approaches to addressing climate change, including the carbon market, make for stronger, cleaner and more prosperous economic development.
- This will be the fourth consecutive annual meeting of the Québec and Ontario cabinets.
- Historically, Québec and Ontario have been the economic powerhouses of the country. More than $80 billion in trade between the two provinces creates high quality jobs.
SOURCE Cabinet du premier ministre
Renseignements: Harold Fortin, Spokesman and Director of Communications for the Premier Office of the Premier of Québec, 418 643-5321; Jennifer Beaudry, Director of Media Relations, Office of the Premier of Ontario, 416 325-5231