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Third Annual Distinguished Quebec Address to Feature Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay

PLATTSBURGH, NY __The Institute on Quebec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh will present its third annual Distinguished Quebec Address featuring Madame Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, on Monday, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall in Hawkins Hall.

Gagnon-Tremblay has served as Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie for the Government of Quebec since April 2003. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing Quebec's actions on the world stage with the support of its offices and delegations abroad.

She has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including 18 years as a member of the National Assembly of Quebec. Gagnon-Tremblay has held a number of key positions in the governments of premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson, Jr., including Deputy Premier and Treasury Board Chair in 1994 and Minister of Finance from 1989 to 1994. During this time, she also served as Minister of Cultural Communities and Immigration. A highlight of her tenure was the successful negotiation and signing of the Canada-Quebec Accord relating to immigration. From 1985 to 1989, she served as Minister for the Status of Women.

A graduate of Universite Laval and Universite de Sherbrooke, Gagnon-Tremblay was a notary and notarial law specialist prior to entering politics.

Her address, titled, "Quebec's New International Policy: Enhancing Ties with the United States," is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Institute on Quebec Studies at 518-564-2385.
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