Canada, Quebec – Visit by Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (29-31 October 2017)


Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will be in Canada from October 29 to 31 in connection with the implementation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). He will go to Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, in Quebec. This visit comes right after the publication of the action plan presented by the French government on October 25.

He will hold talks with Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, and Ontario’s Minister of International Trade Michael Chan.

Accompanied by Deputy Jacques Maire, who represents the Hauts de Seine department, he will meet with Canadian parliamentarians from the Standing Committee on International Trade in the Canadian House of Commons, as well as members of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canada and members of the Chamber of Commerce of Montreal.

With his governmental interlocutors, he will discuss the increase in trade and investments expected after the CETA enters in force, and will stress the need for the exemplary enforcement of the agreement. He will detail the Government’s action plan for its implementation and will reaffirm France’s desire to step up the dialogue between the EU and Canada with a view to additional initiatives to combat climate change.

In Montreal, he will meet with Christine Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s minister of international relations and La Francophonie, with whom he will discuss upcoming events relating to the latter.

At his request, the minister will be accompanied by a delegation of 15 SMEs in order to make the new economic opportunities opened by the CETA more visible and tangible. In the economic sphere, he will also visit the Thalès site in Toronto and the Mars incubator, an emblematic site for innovation in Canada. There he will meet with French startups to discuss innovation policies, a growing priority for our bilateral relationship.

I am very happy to visit Canada, and particularly Quebec, because the relationship with France is based on a shared historical heritage, but also on our shared French language and now on shared ambitions in terms of increasing trade and fighting climate change,” Mr. Lemoyne said. He added that “the interim application of CETA is giving new momentum to exchanges between our two countries. Our successive G7 presidencies (Canada 2018 - France 2019) will further strengthen our ties.
- Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne