The President of Québec’s National Assembly, Yvon Vallières, was elected President of the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly (Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie or APF in French) at the 35th session of the organization held in Paris on July 6.
“Both for Québec’s National Assembly and for Quebecers, the Francophonie is not only a cause, but also a tool for solidarity with others. We are working to give our Assembly the important role it deserves to the greatest benefit of the people we have the honor of representing,” declared Yvon Vallières during his nomination speech.
According to the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec website, “Mr. Vallières summarized the objectives he intends to pursue during his term, which specifically include strengthening the political influence of the APF with the leaders of the Francophonie and consolidating the cooperation programs that it implements … Furthermore, as concerns the French language and cultural diversity, he intends to rally members of parliament in French-speaking countries to implement the Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted by UNESCO in 2005.”