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2015

Welcoming a delegation from Bavaria

From May 12 to 16, 2015, the President of the Landtag of Bavaria, accompanied by a delegation of 13 people, visited Québec to attend meetings within the framework of the 8th session of the joint Québec-Bavaria parliamentary committee. In this context, a DGEQ representative was invited to report on the actions carried out by the institution to encourage citizens’ participation and strengthen their trust in the electoral process.

Reception of representatives of Francophone Parliaments

On June 17, 2015, the Directeur général des élections du Québec has provided training in the Québec electoral system to seven administrators from Francophone Parliaments and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This training is part of Université Laval’s Programme international de formation parlementaire, offered from June 10 to 19, 2015.

The training was divided into three themes: "The Directeur général des élections in the Québec state and its relations with the National Assembly and political parties", "The Québec electoral system and the responsibilities of the Directeur général des élections" and, finally, "International activities and the Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF)."

2014

Welcoming visitors from African nations

During the April 7, 2014 general election, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) welcomed a delegation from the Network of Francophone Electoral skills (RECEF) as part of an exchange program on electoral processes.

This visitors' program welcomed 12 representatives from eight election management bodies from French-speaking African countries in order to deepen their knowledge of Québec's political and electoral system and to exchange best practices between election administration professionals. On election day, April 7, the participants visited the main DGEQ's facilities, some returning officers' offices and several polling stations. The day after the election, April 8, they were welcomed by the National Assembly of Québec in order to receive information about this institution's preparation for the arrival of the members of the 41st Québec legislature.

This event was made possible thanks to financial support from the International Organisation of La Francophonie and support from the Ministry of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade and the Québec National Assembly.

2013

Welcoming a delegation from Burkina Faso

On July 8, 2013, five representatives from Burkina Faso met with the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec as part of a working mission to Québec focusing on strengthening citizens' participation in governance through a permanent and professional electoral body.

The mission was led by the Minister of State responsible for Relations with the Institutions and Political Reform. The discussions focused on the Québec electoral system and on the main responsibilities of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec.

Welcoming a delegation from Mauritania

From May 13 to 17, 2013, two representatives from the Mauritanian Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization carried out a research trip to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec with the goal of improving their understanding of preparing and updating a permanent electoral list.

2012

Welcoming a delegation from Benin

December 13, 2012, the Chief Electoral of Elections of Québec (DGEQ) has welcomed a delegation of four representatives from CNIL, Benin's National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties.

The discussions focused mainly on the development of the permanent electoral list of Québec, the protection of personal information and managing access to information requests.

Welcoming a visitor from Tunisia

As secretary general of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), Québec's Chief Electoral Officer welcomed a visitor from Tunisia on September 27, 2012.

During this meeting, in addition to RECEF activities, the exchanges were mainly focused on the work carried out by the Independent High Electoral Commission (ISIE) as part of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly Election held on October 23, 2011.

Welcoming a delegation from Catalonia

On June 28 and 29, 2012, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) hosted a 3-person delegation from Catalonia, led by Ms. Joana Ortega i Alemany, vice-president of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) and Minister of Government and Institutional Relations.

The members of this delegation wished to learn more about the Election Act as well as the Referendum Act. Presentations by the DGEQ's election experts covered these two topics, in addition to how the permanent list of electors and the process of delimitation of Québec's electoral map are managed.

Joint session of the Réseau électoral des compétences francophones and the Commonwealth Electoral Network

On February 17 last, the Chief Electoral Officer welcomed representatives from the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie et du Commonwealth for a joint working session of the Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF) and its Commonwealth equivalent, the Commonwealth Electoral Network. The purpose of the meeting was to forge contacts between the two organizations and consider opportunities for collaboration. The session was also attended by a representative from Elections Canada.

Welcoming representatives from Guinea

On January 31, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) welcomed a delegation from Guinea. Headed by Mr. Sékou Kourouma, High Commissioner for State Reform and the Modernization of the Administration, this delegation passed through Québec City to attend a workshop offered by ENAP with an eye to setting up an École Nationale d'Administration in Guinea.

The main points of the dialogue focused on the role and mission of the DGEQ, its international cooperation activities along with the activities of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), whose offices are located in Québec City.

2011

Welcoming a professor from Benin

On December 12, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec hosted a representative from the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Democracy in Benin, who was accompanied by representatives from Université Laval's Research Chair in Democracy and Parliamentary institutions.

At this meeting, the participants discussed research plans and international cooperation activities with the DGEQ and the activities of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF in French), whose General Secretary is located in Québec City.

Welcoming a delegation from the Central African Republic

From October 18 to 20, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec received a delegation from the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of a mission to study the permanent organizational structures used for holding elections. This mission was funded and coordinated by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

The five-person delegation, including the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD) and the Chief Electoral Officer of MINATD, has carried out a comparison study of election administration models from Benin, Senegal, the province of Québec, Ghana and Cameroon. Eventually, this study will provide the CAR with a permanent structure with responsibility for administering elections in this country.

Welcoming a delegation from France

October 14, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec welcomed a delegation from the Franco-Québécois political action committee which represents the youth wings of three French political parties.

At this meeting, the participants mainly discussed Québec's electoral system and the mandates of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and the Commission de la représentation électorale (Electoral Representation Commission). Comparing the electoral systems of France and Québec was very informative for all of the participants.

Meeting with Mr. Gerrit Van Rossum, the Head of the service des Affaires francophones from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France.

On September 27, 2011, Mr. Jacques Drouin, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec met with Mr. Gerrit Van Rossum, the Head of the service des Affaires francophones from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France.

During this meeting, which took place in Québec City, the participants discussed the international activities of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and more specifically the recent creation of the Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF) (The Network of Francophone Electoral Skills).

Discussion with a representative from the Organization of American States

September 8, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec met with Mr. Pablo Gutiérrez, Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the Organization of American States (OAS) as part of our participation in the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas.

Meeting with a Representative from Brazil

September 19, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec welcomed a representative from Brazil, Mr. George Niaradi, who is the President of the Sao Paulo Bar Association International Relations Commission.

During this meeting, which took place in Québec City, Mr. Niaradi was introduced to Québec's electoral system and how it works along with the main responsibilities of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Commission de la représentation électorale du Québec (Québec's Electoral Representation Commission).

Hosting a delegation from the Democratic Republic of Congo

On August 25, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec welcomed a delegation of four representatives from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The interveners mainly discussed the context of preparing the INEC for Presidential and Legislative elections due on November 28, 2011 in the DRC and eventual cooperation projects with the DGEQ.

Constituent assembly and creation of the Réseau des compétences électorales francophone
(Network of Francophone Electoral Skills)

From August 22 to 24, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec hosted the Constituent Assembly of the Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF) which brought together 11 founding members from North America, Europe and Africa, in the presence of the Delegate for peace, democracy, and human rights of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).

The RECEF is a network of election administrators and commissions from La Francophonie member states and governments. Its main goal is to support the professionalization and development of its members with the goal of promoting the holding of regular, free, fair and transparent elections in the Francophone milieu.

The headquarters of RECEF is located in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec who is the General Secretary and chaired by General Siaka Sangaré, head of Elections Mali.

Hosting a delegation from Belgium

On July 15, 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec greeted a delegation of 19 students and chaperones from the Oliviant Conference of Belgium.

During this meeting, the participants mainly discussed the Québécois electoral system, the mandates of the Chief Electoral Officer and political party financing. The comparisons of the electoral systems of Belgium and Québec were very enriching for all present.

Meeting with a representative from Estonia

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec welcomed Mr. Riho Kruuv, a representative from Estonia, on June 17, 2011. Mr. Kruuv is the chargé d’affaires for the Estonian ambassador to Canada and he was accompanied by the Estonian Honorary Consul in Québec City, Mr. François-Xavier Simard.

During this meeting which took place in Québec City, Mr. Kruuv presented the Estonian experience of Internet voting which has been offered to voters ever since municipal elections in 2005. This world-leading system is made possible thanks to the National Identity Card which doubles as an ID card and a Digital Signature.

Meeting with Mr. Paolo Quercia, a representative of the Italian government

On May 9 2011, the Chief Electoral Officer hosted a representative from Italy, Mr. Paolo Quercia, who is Director of research at the Centre for higher studies of Defence, Spokesperson and undersecretary of state for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Coordinator of the Research Section of the research into foreign policy and security at the FareFuturo Foundation.

During this meeting which took place in Québec City, Mr. Quercia was introduced to Quebec's electoral system, how it works and the main roles of the DGEQ/Chief Electoral Officer and the Commission de la représentation électorale (Electoral Representation Commission).

Meeting with Marcel Escure, Head of the Francophone Affairs Service of France's Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes.

On February 1, 2011, Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, in the company of several of his collaborators, met with Marcel Escure, Head of the Francophone Affairs Service of France's Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes.

During this meeting which was held in Québec City, the participants discussed the international activities of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and particularly the project to create a Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF) (Network of Francophone electoral skills).

Meeting with René Dosière, Elected Member representing L'Aisne in France's National Assembly.

On February 1, 2011, Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, in the company of several of his collaborators, met with René Dosière, Elected Member representing L'Aisne in France's National Assembly.

During this meeting which was held in Québec City, the participants mainly discussed the financing of political parties in Québec, the related principles and the legislative provisions.

2010

Meeting with Clément Duhaime, Administrator of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

On December 3, 2010, Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer, met with Clément Duhaime, the Administrator of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. During this meeting, which was held in Quebec City, the two men discussed the international activities of the Directeur général des élections du Québec and future partnerships between the two institutions.

Hosting of a delegation from Morocco

On October 19, 2010, the Directeur général des élections du Québec played host to a delegation from Morocco visiting Québec within the context of the Local Governance in Morocco Project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Chief Electoral Officer of Morocco was among the delegates.

During this activity, Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, presented Québec’s electoral system and the administration of elections. Delegates were particularly interested in the electoral division delimitation process, the financing of political parties, and various measures promoting access to voting.

Visit by a Senator from the State of Nuevo León in Mexico

On September 1, 2010, the Directeur général des élections du Québec received Mr. Eloy Cantú Segovia, Senator for the State of Nuevo León in the Republic of Mexico Senate. The meeting was made possible thanks to support from the Québec Government’s invitation program for foreign personalities, better known by its French acronym PIAPE.

During the visit, Mr. Marcel Blanchet, Québec’s Chief Electoral Officer, made a general presentation on Québec’s electoral system and the mission of both the Directeur général des élections du Québec and the Commission de la representation électorale.

Sudan delegation on a fact-finding trip on referendums in Québec

On August 2 and 3, 2010, the Directeur général des élections du Québec welcomed a delegation from Sudan, which came to Québec on a fact-finding trip to obtain information on the referendum experience in Québec and Canada. Political representatives from Sudan (north) and South Sudan signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, providing for a self-government referendum to be held in South Sudan on January 9, 2011.

The delegation was composed of three representatives from the National Congress Party (North Sudan) and seven representatives from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (South Sudan). Election experts from the Directeur général des élections du Québec helped convey Québec’s referendum experience to the delegates by talking to them about referendum legislation, political financing, electoral communications, the list of electors and referendum operations.

The fact-finding trip was an initiative of the Canadian International development Agency (CIDA) and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).

Québec City workshop on the creation of a Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (Network of Francophone electoral skills)

From July 15 to 17, 2010, the Directeur général des élections du Québec was the organizer of the Québec City workshop dealing with the creation of a "Réseau des compétences électorales francophones" (RECEF).

In addition to the Directeur général des élections du Québec, the founding members present for the drawing up of the draft statutes of the RECEF were the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso and the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The discussions unfolded in the presence of the Delegate for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), which provided support for the organization of this event by funding the travel and accommodation expenses of the participants from Africa and Europe.  

Hosting of an auditor from the Chamber of Accounts of Benin

On May 14, 2010, the Directeur général des élections du Québec played host to Mr. Serge Batonon, an auditor with the Chamber of Accounts of Benin, within the context of the fellowship training offered at the Office of the Auditor General of Québec.

During this event, the director of the Service de la recherche, de la modernisation et de la coopération internationale made a general presentation of the Institution. A political financing coordinator from the Service de la coordination et de la vérification en financement politique then gave a presentation on the financing of political parties in Québec. Mr. Batonon showed a keen interest in the work done by the Directeur général des élections du Québec.

Two deputies from the French National Assembly visit the DGE

On May 11, 2010, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and the Consulate General of France in Québec welcomed two deputies from the French National Assembly. The two deputies were here in the capacity of co-rapporteurs, mandated by the French National Assembly’s public policy evaluation and control committee to undertake an assessment of independent administrative authorities (AAI).

The meeting began with a general overview of the institution, presented by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec. The Secretary-General then made presentations on strategic planning and accountability. The director of management services and IT resources closed the meeting by explaining the DGE’s resource management approach to our French guests.

Visit by Representatives from Six French-Speaking Parliamentary Assemblies

On April 30, 2010, the Directeur général des élections du Québec received seven representatives from six French-speaking parliamentary assemblies (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Gabon, Senegal, Chad and Togo) for a workshop-seminar on the subject of “information and communication in French-speaking parliamentary assemblies” as part of the NORIA program.

At the event, the Communications Manager talked about the different electoral communication roles played by the Directeur général des élections du Québec, including publicity during election periods and democracy education programs. The reception was organized jointly with the National Assembly of Québec.

2009

Visit from Hugo Sada, OIF Delegate for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

On September 8, 2009, the Directeur général des élections du Québec welcomed Hugo Sada, Delegate for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights from the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The issues addressed at the meeting included the Chief Electoral Officer’s international electoral activities and future partnerships with the OIF.

The OIF is a major player in the provision of democratic support for countries undergoing crises and democratic transitions. Among other things, it acts as an election observer, and assists and reinforces the institutions responsible for election administration. The Directeur général des élections du Québec has been involved in nearly 50 missions financed by the OIF since 1993, as an electoral expert.

Welcoming of Abbé Apollinaire Muholongu Malumalu, Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo

On April 30, 2009, Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer, received the visit of Abbé Apollinaire Muholongu Malumalu, Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At that meeting, discussions dealt with electoral administration developments in preparation for local, parliamentary and presidential elections, which should be held in 2010 and 2011.

It was within the context of the Pretoria Peace Agreement in 2002 that the DRC organized its first elections. There was a constitutional referendum in 2005, and legislative and presidential elections were held in 2006. The Directeur général des élections du Québec collaborated in the democratization process in the DRC by taking part in 14 missions between 2003 and 2007. These missions were funded by CIDA, the UN, the Francophonie and other international institutions active in supporting democracy.

Welcoming of Markku Suksi, a Finnish Professor of Public Law

On April 21, 2009, the Directeur général des élections du Québec received the visit of Markku Suksi, a Professor of Public law at the Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Mr. Suksi, who has done a study on various federated States around the world, came to learn more about Québec’s electoral system within the Canadian context.

The Directeur général des élections du Québec organized a meeting with Mr. Suksi in order to discuss Québec’s electoral system and various specific aspects of Québec’s electoral administration, such as the Commission de la représentation électorale, the permanent list of electors, the financing of political parties and Québec’s electoral legislation.

Welcoming of the Secretaries General of Parliamentary Assemblies of the Francophonie

On April 3, 2009, the Directeur général des élections du Québec welcomed three Secretaries General of Parliamentary Assemblies of the Francophonie (APF), namely Alphonse K. Nombré of Burkina Faso, Mahamadou Alassane of Benin and Marc Rwabahungu of Burundi. Earlier that same week, Mr. Blanchet had also met with the Secretaries General of Cambodia and Mali, Oum Sarith and Mohamed Traoré, who were unable to attend the meeting scheduled in the program planning.

These meetings unfolded within the context of a one-week seminar devoted to inter-parliamentary cooperation exchanges with the Québec National Assembly. During these discussions, Mr. Blanchet presented the institution of the Directeur général des élections du Québec and its international cooperation projects, and cited past collaborations with these countries of the Francophonie.