The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, yesterday concluded a ten-day visit to France and Italy during which he explored development opportunities for Quebec companies in the French and Italian wood markets, underscored the innovativeness of Quebec companies and met with industry stakeholders and members of the French and Italian governments.
“My visit allowed me to support Quebec and Canadian firms in their business development and investment efforts. I also had the opportunity to discuss various regional economic development approaches and see European forestry expertise first hand,” explained the Minister.
Minister Lebel also used this visit to stress the importance of trade relations with France and Italy.
“Canada’s economic relationships with France and Italy are significant and diversified. We need to build on that, because we have much in common. The forestry crisis is not exclusive to Quebec,” said the Minister.
“In France and Italy, or anywhere else with an important lumber industry, there is a pressing need to take swift action and adjust to the new global economic realities. And we can achieve this through interaction and cooperation,” he explained.