A general election took place in Québec on March 26, 2007, following which Québec premier Jean Charest announced his new cabinet on April 18. As several departments are involved in the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, we invite you to take note of the ministers assigned to the following three portfolios:
Raymond Bachand was appointed Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Research, while Monique Gagnon-Tremblay was appointed Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie. Ms. Gagnon Tremblay has held the post since 2003, while Mr. Bachand, who was also named Minister of Tourism, has headed up Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation since February 2006.
The premier also announced the appointment of Christine St-Pierre to the post of Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women. In announcing the appointment, Premier Charest was clear about the role he intended the new minister to assume as regards the Convention. “As Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister for the Status of Women,” he declared, “you are responsible for implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.”
First elected in the March 26 election, Ms. St-Pierre was for many years a correspondent with Société Radio-Canada, having worked as a researcher, documentalist, and reporter for various radio and television stations in Montréal, Québec City, and Moncton. From 1992 to 1997, she was a parliamentary correspondent in Québec City, then in Ottawa from 1997 until 2001. She then became a Washington correspondent until 2005, before reassuming the post of parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa.