MONTREAL – In an extraordinary move, Quebec will open a second General Delegation in the United States, this time in Los Angeles, to strengthen its presence in California.

In the past, Quebec’s policy was to open only one general delegation per country. A general delegation has the highest status of various types of representation abroad.

Quebec has long had a presence in New York City, where a well-appointed general delegation is housed in the heart of the city. In the United States there are a total of nine Quebec representations in the form of smaller delegations, offices and branches in Boston, Chicago, Washington and Houston.

The Canadian press learned Wednesday that the Legault administration will upgrade the status of the Los Angeles Delegation, which, like New York, will become a General Delegation, by whatever means and resources to accompany this change.

With this, the government wants to make clear its intention to open up the western US market.

Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault made his last overseas assignment before the pandemic when he traveled to California in December 2019.

The decision to upgrade the status of the Los Angeles delegation stems from that four-day visit to meet the state governor, Gavin Newsom.

California, the fifth largest economy in the world, is Quebec’s eighth largest trading partner in the United States, accounting for 70% of the province’s exports.

The fight against greenhouse gases, clean technologies and the film industry are among the areas of interest that Quebec wants to develop with California.

The current delegate, Philippe Huneault, will remain in the country as General Delegate.

In May of last year, the Minister of Relations internationales presented his strategy for the USA, which aims to consolidate the market share of Quebec companies in this country by making two million dollars available for diplomatic measures.

– This report was first published in French by The Canadian Press on October 13, 2021.