Cultural diversity

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Allocution du premier ministre du québec, M. Jean Charest, à l’occasion du déjeuner-retour du Premier Ministre de la République Française

M. Jean Pierre Raffarin. Montréal, le 24 mai 2003

Premier Jean Charest stressed that both heads of government must continue their joint efforts to tackle the major challenges facing Québec and France. “I am thinking in particular of cultural diversity and our determination to see the development of an international instrument to guarantee states and governments the right to determine their cultural policies and develop the means to implement them,” he declared. "We will uphold our mutual — I would even say exemplary — commitment to defending and promoting the French language and linguistic diversity on the international stage.” (Available in French only)