Parliamentary Paradiplomacy:the Case of the Québec National Assembly

Stéphane Paquin & Nancy Rossi, Revue de Droit parlementaire et politique, édité par Thomson Reuters

Publié le 1 octobre 2023

The parliamentary paradiplomacy of the Assemblée Nationale du Québec (ANQ) has been growing rapidly since the second half of the 1970s and more particularly since the 2000s. This growth in international activities is achieved in two ways. First, the ANQ plays a unique role in the implementation of international treaties negotiated by Canada. Since 2002, the Ministry of International Relations Act has required the ANQ’s intervention in the approval process of international commitments of importance to the Government of Que´bec before the executive declares itself bound. Québec is the only Canadian province to be so closely involved in the process of concluding the Government of Canada’s international commitments. Second, the ANQ has developed bilateral and multilateral relationships with several international parliaments. Within the framework of its bilateral relations, it can count on sixteen partner parliaments located in Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It is also a member of five multilateral inter-parliamentary organizations. The ANQ is also active in parliamentary cooperation, particularly in the area of supporting democracy.

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Stéphane Paquin

Professeur, École nationale d'administration publique
Co-directeur exécutif du GÉRIQ

Nancy Rossi

Doctorante à l'ENAP