Quebec Government Offices

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The Quebec Government Office at 59 Pall Mall in London, England

The Quebec Government Offices (French: Délégations générales du Québec) are the Government of Quebec's official representations around the world. They are overseen by Quebec's Ministry of International Relations.

The network of 33 offices in 18 countries consists of eight general delegations, five delegations, thirteen government bureaux, five trade branches, and two areas of representation in multilateral affairs.

History[edit]

Quebec had agents-general in London, Paris, and Brussels prior to 1936, when legislation was passed by the government of Maurice Duplessis closing all Quebec government offices abroad. The government of Adélard Godbout repealed the legislation and opened an office in New York City in 1940. When Duplessis returned to power in 1944, his government retained the New York City office and its agent-general but opened no others.

In the early 1960s, the government of Jean Lesage began to open additional offices abroad in Paris (1961), London (1962), Rome and Milan (1965). Subsequent governments opened offices in Chicago (1969), Boston, Lafayette, Dallas and Los Angeles (1970), Munich and Berlin (1971), Brussels (1972), Atlanta (1977), Washington, DC (1978), Mexico City and Tokyo (1980), Beijing and Santiago (1998), Shanghai and Barcelona (1999), Mumbai (2007), São Paulo (2008) and Moscow (2012).[1] A UQAM scholar in 1984 called the offices "mini-embassies" for Quebec, and part of the Quiet Revolution.[2]

In 1971, the title of agent-general was officially changed to delegate-general, although the previous title is still often used, particularly for the government's representative to London.

In 2019, the Government of Quebec was represented by 32 offices in 18 countries and had delegates-general (agents-general) in Brussels, Dakar, London, Mexico City, Munich, New York City, Paris and Tokyo; delegates to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Rome; and offices headed by directors offering more limited services in Barcelona, Beijing, Dakar, Hong Kong, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, and Washington. In addition, there were the equivalent of honorary consuls, titled antennes, in Berlin, Philadelphia, Qingdao, Seoul, and California's Silicon Valley. Québec also has a delegate for the Francophonie and Multilateral Affairs and a Representative to UNESCO, both based in Paris.[3]

Quebec, like other Canadian provinces, also maintains representatives in some Canadian embassies and consulates general.

List of Quebec Government Offices[edit]

General Delegation of Quebec in Mexico City
General Delegation of Quebec in Paris

Quebec Government Offices fall into several types. General Delegations are deemed most important, and handle affairs of economy, education, culture, immigration, and public affairs. Delegations are similar, but do not deal with immigration issues. Bureaus handle a small number of issues. Trade Offices deal with trade affairs. [4]

City Country Type of Office
Brussels Belgium General Delegation
Dakar Senegal General Delegation
London United Kingdom General Delegation
Mexico City Mexico General Delegation
Munich Germany General Delegation
New York City United States General Delegation
Paris France General Delegation
Tokyo Japan General Delegation
Atlanta United States Delegation
Boston United States Delegation
Chicago United States Delegation
Los Angeles United States Delegation
Rome Italy Delegation
Abidjan Ivory Coast Bureau
Barcelona Spain Bureau
Beijing China Bureau
Havana Cuba Bureau
Hong Kong China Bureau
Houston United States Bureau
Mumbai India Bureau
Rabat Morocco Bureau
Sao Paulo Brazil Bureau
Seoul South Korea Bureau
Shanghai China Bureau
Singapore Singapore Bureau
Washington United States Bureau
Berlin Germany Trade Office
Philadelphia United States Trade Office
Qingdao China Trade Office
Shenzhen China Trade Office
Silicon Valley United States Trade Office

Source: [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuchamps, Min (December 17, 2014). Minority Nations in Multinational Federations: A comparative study of Quebec and Wallonia. ISBN 9781317634720.
  2. ^ Sanguin, A.-L. (1984). "The Quebec Question and the Political Geography of Canada". GeoJournal. 8 (2): 99–107. doi:10.1007/BF00231488. JSTOR 41143255.
  3. ^ "Réseau des représentations à l'étranger". mrif.gouv.qc.ca. ; "Réseau des représentations à l'étranger". international.gouv.qc.ca.
  4. ^ a b "Québec government offices abroad". www.international.gouv.qc.ca. Retrieved June 3, 2021.

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