Cultural diversity

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Le Québec fait "figure de symbole dans la lutte sur la diversité culturelle"

Mme Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, vice-première ministre, ministre des Relations internationales et ministre responsable de la Francophonie - Québec, le 13-14 mars 2004 - 2004/03/13-14

In an interview with Le Devoir, published in the March 13-14, 2004 edition, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay states that in international circles of la Francophonie, while recent years have been largely marked by the discussion of cultural diversity and its preservation and, “The work undertaken regarding cultural diversity is significant and we fervently support it.” For Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay, “Quebec is a leader in la Francophonie. It has always positioned itself as a defender of bilateral organizations, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity.” Along with France, Canada, Switzerland, and Belgium, it is one of its major financial supporters. It needs to more fully occupy its rightful place.” She also maintains that “Quebec is the cradle of the French language in North America. In this sense, it is a bit of a symbolic figure in the campaign for cultural diversity. We also make it our duty to support other countries in establishing watchdog organizations. We need to follow UNESCO’s work to the letter so that the agreement produced is not toned down and it meets its original objectives. We must be able to ensure that culture is protected and that we can continue to support it.” (Available in French only)