AUGUSTA, Maine – Gov. Paul R. LePage signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday with Premier of Quebec Pauline Marois to encourage economic development and support job creation between Maine and Province of Quebec.
The Premier invited the governor to Montreal to sign the agreement, which she described as an important collaboration between Maine and Quebec.
Although Maine and Quebec share a border, as well a common history and culture, this is the first time that the state has entered into such an agreement to strengthen relations with Quebec.
“I was pleased to meet with Premier Marois to discuss how Maine and Quebec can work together to create jobs and cooperate in the areas of energy, natural resources transportation, border security and culture,” the governor said in a press statement. “And I know she was pleased to converse with me in French, which is my native language, and to talk about our shared French-Canadian heritage.”
The agreement encourages Maine and Quebec to coordinate with their business communities to set up partnerships and implement economic development initiatives. The agreement also encourages an exchange of cross-border solutions for clean energy, such as hydropower and bioenergy, which could lower home heating costs for Maine people.”
Premier Marois acknowledged Maine’s and Quebec’s shared history and past collaborations, and said she was delighted to sign the agreement which she hoped would lead to mutually beneficial ventures.
A Quebec-Maine Joint Committee will be responsible for implementing the agreement.
In addition to signing the agreement with the Premier, Gov. LePage spoke to 150 business leaders at a luncheon conference sponsored by The Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. Titled “Maine and Quebec: Opportunities to Stimulate our Economic Relations,” the governor spoke about Maine’s economic agenda, strengthening of business relations with Quebec and business opportunities that Maine can offer to Quebec.